Trees and plants
We care for 25,000 hectares of woodland, 135 wild landscape sites and more than 200 gardens, and we have as many wonderful stories to tell about the trees and plants that grow there.
From forest bathing to fungi, there's a whole realm of the natural world to be discovered at the places in our care.
Fungi play a vital role in the natural world and decomposition process, helping break down organic woodland material. Learn all you need to know about these important organisms.
Discover how to identify trees from their leaves, bark and shape, how to tell similar species apart and how they change as they get older.
Ancient trees are links to our past, they're species-rich habitats that support countless other organisms. Discover what makes a tree ancient and how to recognise them.
Forest bathing is a way of relaxing and slowing down the mind by immersing yourself in nature. It can help reduce blood pressure, lower stress levels and improve concentration.
Our woods have been used in many ways since the Ice Age, from royal hunting grounds to military bases. Spot clues to past lives hidden in your favourite woodland.
Once upon a time a giant American conifer was the ultimate status symbol. We trace the story of how it arrived on our shores.
Coppicing is an ancient woodland management technique that was once used to ensure a regular supply of timber and firewood. Discover how it's used today at the places we care for to create a range of habitats for plants and wildlife.