We’re in the last few weeks of autumn and our woods are bursting with leaf colour, curious fungi are emerging and wildlife is preparing for winter. As pandemic restrictions tighten across the UK, our woods will remain open for visitors to continue to enjoy.  

The pandemic has made it a tough year for all of us and as winter approaches, many face a time of greater personal restrictions. The role of woods and the wider countryside in safeguarding our physical and mental health has never been clearer. We all need somewhere to find breathing space, exercise and connect with nature.

The restrictions vary from country to country in the UK and are constantly changing, but our message remains the same. We will make sure our woods - more than 1,000 across the UK – are there for you, now and in the future.

Enjoy space and fresh air in a wood near you

For everyone’s safety, we have had to cancel our organised events until at least 2 December. But our beautiful woods remain open to everyone, every day.

Wintry woodland visits may not seem quite as appealing as those sunny days out at the height of summer, but there’s still plenty to do and see. If you’re not self-isolating, find a wood near you to recharge your batteries and lift your spirits while taking note of social distancing advice.  

Visit woods safely

Please help to safeguard our visitors, the future of our woods and our ability to keep them open by:

  • maintaining social distancing by staying at least two metres away from other people
  • following recommended hygiene guidance
  • taking your litter home with you
  • parking with consideration – don’t block local residents’ driveways, gateways or other access points that emergency services may need to use.

Stay safe and please take care of your local woodlands as they help take care of you.

Read the latest government guidance on social distancing.

The Woodland Trust takes the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously. Read our coronavirus safety statement.

Our conservation work continues

Even though a global pandemic is testing us, woodland conservation never stops. We’ll carry on doing everything we can to plant trees and protect woods to fight climate change and create havens for wildlife.

Many Woodland Trust staff are working from home for the time being, so we may take longer than usual to respond to your enquiries and deal with your orders. Please be patient – we are working as fast as we can. Check our services and activities page for the latest updates.

Creative ways to get your nature fix

There are lots of other ways to feel close to trees, woods and wildlife from home too, from visual and audio tours to kids’ crafts and quizzes.

Our teams have pulled together lots of fun and interesting activities to keep you and your family entertained when we have to spend more time at home. We hope you enjoy them, and stay safe.