A buzzing new Broadleaf comes in to land this week, packed with inspiring news and features about the nation's woods and wildlife.

The wonder of bees

Free to Trust members as always, our summer edition takes off with bees:

  • an in-depth look at their behaviour
  • their need for trees
  • the plans afoot to help them survive in an increasingly hostile landscape.

Meet pollen-hungry bumbles like the fringe-horned mason bee and the shrill carder. Learn about the British black bee too, a native honey-spinner clinging on in Northumberland.

Ancient treasures

Equally beautiful and even more endangered, Britain’s ancient trees are a dying breed. Scattered across the landscape, they're threatened by ravenous development. Our writer hits the road to learn about these wizened wonders:

  • how to find them
  • how to gauge their age
  • how to record them on the Trust’s newly updated Ancient Tree Inventory

We’ve put together a gallery of geriatric treasures, like the twisted yews of Crom Castle and Savernake’s ‘Big Belly Oak’. Check out our deck of ‘top trunks’ full of facts about how different species behave in old age.

Also in this issue

In our news pages, we hear from readers nationwide about Network Rail’s lineside tree-felling, the experts fighting ash dieback, and the volunteers gamely collecting pine marten poo (there’s a good reason!). We sneak a look at two grand-scale woodlands in London and Derbyshire, and Radio 4’s Martha Kearney sings the praises of solo trees.

So grab your copy and find the answers to numerous knotty questions:

  • Which secretive wildflower is making a comeback?
  • Did Peter the Great of Russia plant a mulberry in Deptford?
  • And why do some bees make ‘mad honey’?

Broadleaf is our quarterly magazine exclusive to members. Its news, features and stunning pictures tell the inside story of how we, our volunteers and partners stand up for trees. To receive your regular copy and exciting welcome pack, become a member now. 

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