The benefits of woodlands
We all take comfort in the stillness given to us by woodlands. Everyone needs nature to feel calmer, and to be brought back to a sense of peace. The colours of autumn trees on woodland walks creates a picture of serenity to escape our busy world.
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. Be at peace among the trees as you explore a wooded path surrounded by autumn colours. We’ve pulled together some woodland walks for you to stroll solo or with friends.
In England, we're pleased to have been able to keep our gardens, parks and outdoor spaces open through the current lockdown. From 2 December, we'll be able to reopen some houses and welcome you to sit in our cafés again. In tier 3, indoor areas will remain closed and cafés will be takeaway only. Please follow your area's tiering system and government guidance when planning a visit.
Following Welsh government guidance, all places in Wales are now open for Wales residents, and we're pleased to be welcoming many of you again.
In line with Northern Ireland Executive circuit break restrictions, our gardens and parks in Northern Ireland will open from 28 November. All houses, shops and visitor centres will stay closed during the circuit break until 11 December, and cafés will be takeaway only.
Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.
Woodlands protect us all
Everyone needs nature to escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday. Not only are woodlands great for everyone to connect with nature, they're also fundamental to keeping the environment in balance.
Trees and woodlands provide habitats for hundreds of different species including owls, woodpeckers, deer, badgers and bugs – 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. We can all take small steps to make a big difference, because right now, nature needs you more than ever before.