pocket adventures – a weekend in the woods
If you fancy doing something different this summer, why not head for one of Britain’s beautiful woods? As our partner the Woodland Trust explains, pocket adventures are right on our doorstep…
Whether you live in Inverness or Penzance, Swansea or Norwich, the Woodland Trust manages a beautiful wood near you. You can use this handy map to find your nearest woodland. And here are some ideas for what to do when you get there…
Watch out for woodland wildlife
The woodland canopy closes over and spring’s woodland flowers go to seed. The light in woodland changes as they become cool and shady, offering respite from long, hot summer days.
Listen out for migrant birds that return to our woodland for the summer. Warblers produce some of the most melodic birdsong you’ll ever hear. Willow warblers are slim, delicate birds of woodland, scrub, parks and gardens. They can be heard singing their warbling song from the tree canopy.
Woodlands in summer are buzzing with life. Insects are on the wing, amphibians, reptiles and mammals creep about the woodland floor and the tree canopy is lush and green.
Invite a tree to tea!
Why not celebrate the great outdoors with a Tree Party this summer? Get your hands on one of the Woodland Trust’s tree party goodie boxes and start planning your tree party!
(The packs even include our very own Blueberry Bircher recipe in the box and a voucher for discount off Dorset Cereals.)
Sign up for your pack here (from 03 July 17)
Rediscover childhood pleasures when you’re out and about in woodland this summer, from blackberry picking to fungal forays. But pick with care. While many provide tasty treats, some plants and fungi can be toxic. Follow the Woodland Trust’s foraging guide and be safe as well as sustainable.
Build a den
Follow the Woodland Trust’s top tips to create a wonderful woodland hideaway.
- Use branches, leaves and twigs to build a sturdy, cosy den
- Remember that you need a good foundation before you start
- Can you build a den big enough for you and your friends?
Remember, never cut anything down or damage the wood to construct your den!
Have a woofingly wonderful walk
Treat your pooch to a tail-waggingly exciting walk in the woods. There’s so much for your furry friend to see and do on a woodland walk, from splashing through muddy puddles to finding fascinating new smells.
Love what the Woodland Trust does or need more inspiration for adventure? Join as a family member from £5 a month and you’ll receive a directory featuring all of its woods, magazines and more – and help the charity stand up for and protect beautiful woodland environments. Join today.