The sun is high, the leaves are green – but some of Britain’s most majestic trees are facing unprecedented threats. Rediscover the nation’s centuries-old love affair with the oak in the vibrant new edition of Broadleaf, our magazine for members.
Our ancient tree guru, Jill Butler selects her top ten places for oak-hunters, from Blenheim to Belfast, and we report on Action Oak, a big new campaign to save these iconic giants from the pests and diseases that imperil them.
Drink in a four-page photo essay filled with curious and beautiful blooms. The ethereal delicacy and all-round strangeness of these revered plants has fascinated botanists for generations - so which are the rarest, and which woods have stunning summer displays?
Have you tried forest bathing?
Everyone knows a walk among trees gives you a mental boost, but the Japanese have turned that feel-good vibe into a science. Thirty years of research underpins the study of shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest bathing’, which advocates a more mindful approach to enjoying nature. Now it’s catching on in the UK, as our writer discovers on the Woodland Trust’s first ever forest bathing outing in East Sussex.
There’s bags more in this issue besides, including a spectacular ramble to Norfolk’s Castle Rising, a chat with grand dame of the theatre, Janet Suzman, and the intriguing tale of the German student who wants to plant a trillion trees. Plus the latest scoop on how we’re fighting back against the scourge of ash dieback, via a raft of new community projects across the nation. Get hold of your summer-fresh Broadleaf, and find out how you can muck in and help.