‘If you go down in the woods today/You’re sure of a big surprise…‘ What’s the surprise? Well getting immersed in the woods will fill you with awe how resilient nature can be. Personally, I find it invigorating and humbling in equal measure. During lockdown, our family walks in the woods was restorative. The children could be wild and free without the over-hanging fear of Covid-19. While I could breathe wide and deep and check-in with myself. Although I’m no font of knowledge about tree, I can just about identify an oak. Nonetheless, their form fascinates me. On our recent walk to Box Hill, I spotted some beauties. Hollow trees are especially enchanting. As National Tree Week approaches, I thought there’s no time like the present share ways how you too can enjoy getting out amongst the trees.
National Tree Week 2020
National Tree Week is the UK is an annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season which runs from November to March each year. For 2020, it’s taking place 28 November – 6 December.
8 Ways You Can Celebrate National Tree Week
- Tree spotting ( you can use the Tree ID App)
- Plant a tree
- Learn more about how trees help us
- Take a road trip to visit a Tree of the Year
- Paint/ draw trees (for kids )
- Bark and leaf rubbing
- Forest Bath ( meaning to spend quality time, under the canopy of trees, in a forest, for health and wellbeing purposes)
- Rewild your life for a day, reconnect with nature climb a tree, create wildlife-friendly garden.
However you decide mark the occasion, if you go into the countryside be sure to respect the country code. Respect the environment and the people who may live in close proximity. Don’t litter.
Events & Places To Visit
A good place to start looking for events, would be The Tree Council. Alternatively, you can try one of the suggestions above in a local park. On my wish list is a visit to
the Winkworth Arboretum , we have never been. However, I can highly recommend Claremont Landscape Gardens, RSPCB Farnham Heath, Painshill Park and Priory Park … you may even spot a fairy door. They are great for a family day out.
Do you go on woodland walks? What do you enjoy most about it? What’s your favourite spot? If you haven’t, would you ever? If not, why? I would love to hear from you. Comment below.
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