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Step into autumn with Broadleaf's latest issue

As flame-headed oaks and chestnuts set our woods ablaze this autumn, we sneak beneath the canopy for a close encounter with Britain’s best-loved mammal: the hedgehog.     

Despite their cherished status, our prickly friends are declining at an alarming rate. They need our help, says hog guru Hugh Warwick from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. In Broadleaf’s latest edition, we explore the highs and lows of this elusive species and answer the perplexing conundrum of how to sex a hedgehog!

In Flanders Fields

As our First World War Centenary Woods take root, we hear poignant stories from across the UK about the communities who have shaped the Trust’s commemorative woods. Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellows – whose own family history is entwined in Langley Vale Centenary Wood in Surrey – explains why he was so drawn to becoming involved in the project.

Four years in the making, our four flagship Centenary Woods are a living legacy to all those affected by World War One (Photo: Philip Formby/WTML)
Four years in the making, our four flagship Centenary Woods are a living legacy to all those affected by World War One (Photo: Philip Formby/WTML)

A man with a plan for Britain's trees

We chat to Sir William Worsley, the government’s first ever ‘tree champion’. Sir William tells us about his:

  • feelings towards grey squirrels (clue: he calls them ‘tree rats’)
  • vision for reshaping Britain’s countryside post-Brexit
  • commitment to holding the government to its 12 million tree planting pledge.
Glorious Skipton Castle Woods in autumn (Photo: Philip Formby / WTML)
Glorious Skipton Castle Woods in autumn (Photo: Philip Formby / WTML)

Also coming up in Broadleaf’s autumn edition:

  • Martin Hughes-Games talks Springwatch, saplings and survival (if you ever bump into him, ask him about his childhood games involving loaded air guns!)
  • we sift through the ashes of this summer’s devastating wildfires at Smithills Estate
  • we shine a spotlight on glorious Skipton Castle Woods in North Yorkshire.

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