The sun is out, freedom shimmers on the horizon, and hedgerows and meadows the UK over are apop with colour and thrumming with life. What could be finer? Your box-fresh summer Broadleaf, that’s what! Inside, discover the red squirrel stronghold we hope to create in North Yorkshire, and read about the 70 new woods we’re plotting to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking reign. There’s news from our very own slice of Narnia in Northern Ireland and much more.

Spotlight on urban trees

In Broadleaf’s lead feature slot, we chronicle the incredible turnaround of Sheffield Council, from chainsaw-toting villain to trailblazing tree champion. As part of our urban special, we also swing the spotlight on the innovative ways local authorities are planting more trees on their patch. Read all about:

  • our shiny new Emergency Tree Fund, which invites cash-strapped councils to bid for specially tailored woodland creation grants
  • Edinburgh’s city-wide sapling blitz, complete with copses on street corners and young trees in urban gardens
  • the contrasting fortunes of two much-loved London planes – one in the capital, the other in Lincoln – that stood in development’s way.

Osprey obsession

From the heart of the city to the wilds of western Scotland: get your claws into the extraordinary tale of the Trust's Loch Arkaig ospreys, and read about the careful reintroductions that eventually restored these magnificent comeback kids to our isles. Discover:

  • how egg-snatchers and hunters drove these remarkable raptors to near oblivion
  • why protective pairs choose isolated flat-topped trees to raise their young
  • the tree-top camera that triggered a nationwide osprey obsession.

Explore a place in the sun near you

Don your shorts and grab your butterfly ID book for a sun-dappled sojourn in the woods – the Trust has 1,000 to explore, so you’re bound to find a leafy refuge near you. What’s more, events are officially back, so check out our summer Explorer special for adventures galore, including:

  • our all-new hiking trail through rare temperate rainforest on the west coast of Scotland, under the ramparts of Dunollie Castle
  • a plunge into the past at Devon’s ancient Fingle Woods, complete with costumed actors, heritage crafts and an arboreal art gallery
  • a sneak preview of the stunning transformation at Brynau Farm in Neath, where Welsh white cattle graze and a new wood is taking root.

Also in this issue

We’ve a feast of sizzling stories for you to savour this summer, including:

  • a first glimpse at the Trust’s newly acquired 386-acre Mourne Park, an hour south of Belfast, where Narnia author CS Lewis holidayed as a boy
  • the West Yorkshire wood that will grow into a living memorial for the man who inspired millions, Captain Sir Tom Moore
  • the poem best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith was inspired to write after saving an ailing oak tree.

All this and more in the summer edition of Broadleaf, free to members of the Woodland Trust.

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

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