Broadleaf, our trail-blazing members’ magazine, is a must-read for woodland lovers. It’s a vibrant mix of the latest news about our work and in-depth features about the trials and triumphs of tree-focused conservation and planting efforts across the UK. Published four times a year, it’s been described by BBC Wildlife’s Ben Hoare as one of the UK’s ‘most readable and best-designed’ conservation mags.
Fighting tree disease
Our Winter 2018 issue is out this week and takes a hard, long look at ash dieback and other diseases threatening our native trees. Just how critical is the menace – and what can each of us do to fight back?
Squirrels, squats and celebrities
Fabulous new images from Cairngorms-based wildlife photographer, Neil McIntyre, of our native red squirrel give us our cover star and inspire this issue’s Nature Focus on efforts to save the UK’s most iconic woodland animal. In our Out There feature, writer Lizzie Catt sidesteps those eye-watering gym membership fees and works off the Christmas pud effect in her local woodland.
Our star contributors this month agree that the wonder of woods should be nurtured in childhood. How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell believes that, with or without real wizards, woods cast a spell on the imaginations of us all, young and old.
“It troubles me that children have less unsupervised access to the countryside, and what that might mean for their future creativity and for their relationship with the natural world,” she writes.
Presenter Clare Balding’s favourite tree is still the one she played on in her parents’ garden, while polar explorer Dwayne Fields tells us he was saved by his teenage encounter with the trees of Epping Forest.
Puzzles win prizes
Bug houses, seedling starter kits and a hamper of goodies from Trust partner Yorkshire Tea await this edition’s Stumped puzzle page winners. And in our Beaten Track slot, there’s a boot-tested woodland walk complete with detailed cut-out-and-keep map – Leicester’s Martinshaw Wood is this issue’s star turn. Readers in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North, Midlands, South East and South West each receive a localised mini-mag too, featuring a round-up of all the tree-related happenings and events in their neck of the woods.