The benefits of woodlands
What can you sense during autumn? The soft creaking of branches overhead and the familiar smell after a fresh rainfall along a fern-filled path can add a sense of magic to a walk. You could even spot, through a secret shaded hideaway, red squirrels preparing for the colder days ahead.
Be at peace among the trees and put your mind at ease as you explore a wooded path surrounded by autumn colours. Being in nature improves your mental and physical wellbeing, and spotting various wildlife can help you to become more mindful.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of a busy life can be remedied by a good walk in the woodlands to lift your mood. We’ve pulled together some woodland walks for you to stroll solo or with friends.
Woodlands protect us all
Not only are woodlands great for you to reconnect with nature, they're also fundamental to keeping the environment in balance. They provide habitats for hundreds of different species including owls, woodpeckers, deer, badgers, bugs and bats - not to mention fungi and lichen. Air pollution is also reduced in the presence of woodlands, and surrounding soil is enriched with nutrients from fallen leaves and microorganisms meaning that other plants and flowers can thrive.
Combating climate change is one of the most crucial things woodlands contribute to. Trees take in CO2 for their growth and release oxygen, keeping the ecosystem in check by removing pollutants and helping nature to survive around them.