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.
Which places are open?
- More than 135 gardens and parklands are open through advance booking
- Over 40 historic houses are now open. If you book a ticket for an open garden or park, you may also be able to visit the house. Visits to the houses are limited to ensure safe, social distancing and so we can't guarantee you’ll be able to view the house on the day you visit
- We’ve opened many of our cafés and shops at these places to help make your visit feel as close to normal as possible
- Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are open and most don’t need to be booked
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.