Both boots are now firmly in 2022 and there are plenty of reasons for cheer. It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, and our winter edition of Broadleaf features a special message from HRH The Princess Royal herself. She unveils grand plans for the Queen’s Green Canopy, a project the Trust will support by gifting up to three million free trees to communities and schools. Elsewhere, our new-minted Riverscapes partnership is primed to plump the nation’s waterways with life-giving green. Read all about it!

Down by the riverside

Peek beneath the surface in our species-rich lead feature to discover an interwoven web of watery wildlife – all reliant on bankside trees. In the face of pollution, erosion and flooding, a new Trust partnership will:

  • team up with the Rivers Trust, the National Trust and the Beaver Trust to splash £2.7 million on riparian planting.
  • work with landowners and farmers to map the landscape, pinpointing likely planting spots and providing tailored training.
  • boost habitat for beleaguered British species such as kingfishers, bats, otters and water voles.

Go wild in Wales

The word rainforest conjures visions of the Amazon, but did you know we’ve our very own temperate version in Scotland, Wales and South West England? This issue, we lift the lid on a lungwort-hung, lichen-lined, Lord of the Rings-style world in Snowdonia. Discover:

  • Coed Felenrhyd, where waterfalls tumble, otters twirl, and ancient Welsh folk tales are entwined with the trees
  • neighbouring Llennyrch, home to adders, lizards, rare Atlantic oakwood, and intriguing remnants of 16th-century history
  • the plucky seed collection volunteers who are plugging the gaps in rare species supply to secure the Celtic rainforests of tomorrow.

Walk in a winter wonderland

Few things trump a sylvan stroll over frost-crunched leaves, and all our 1,000 woods remain free and open to explore. We round up the best seasonal adventures so you can plot yours. What’ll it be?

  • Enjoy a splash of silver-screen glamour at the Trust’s newly acquired Shaw Ghyll Wood in the Yorkshire Dales, linked to Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
  • Nominate a site for one of Suffolk’s pioneering Healing Woods: bespoke green spaces crafted by locals, where residents can reenergise and reflect.
  • Lend Langholm a hand: with hen harriers, otters and black grouse, this sweep of Scottish moorland is pregnant with potential – and yep, you can help.

Also in this issue

There are more treats in store in our terrific winter warmer. Find out:

  • how we’ll spend our bumper Defra grant to add trees in England’s Northern Forest, alongside our partners in the region’s community forests.
  • the ways we’re battling the climate crisis, from lobbying at COP26 to bedding in saplings UK-wide. Join the fightback today, and plant yours.
  • how the actor and impressionist Debra Stephenson shakes off toxic characters – with a little help from the trees.

All this and more in the winter 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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