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Celebrate World Forest Day with a walk in Battram Wood

Date Issued: 13 March 2011


The Royal Forestry Society invites you to celebrate World Forest Day on 21 March with a walk in a local woodland – or, if you can’t get out and about, why not get the family to try our Woodland Game and learn a little more about how good woodland management can benefit our environment?

World Forestry Day has been celebrated around the world for 30 years as a reminder of the importance of forests and the many benefits which we gain from them.

If you live near the Chilterns or near the Leicestershire/Derbyshire borders, you can go along at any time and on any day of the year to two of the Royal Forestry Society’s own woodlands which are free and open to the public:

Pancake and Hockeridge woods on the edge of the Chilterns are well established, with a wide range of trees, birds, animals and plants. In spring they will be carpeted in bluebells, primroses and other spring flowers. Sixteen tree species are grown for commercial forestry and 52 specimen species are planted along the woodland rides.

Once you are there, Royal Forestry Society information boards will tell you more about their rich history and about the species that depend on them. To find out more about Pancake and Hockeridge woods, including directions, follow this link.

Battram Wood on the North West Leicestershire/Derbyshire border lies within the National Forest and is a young woodland in the making. It has been planted by the Royal Forestry Society on former farmland as a flagship of how to create and run profitable woodlands for future generations in crowded lowland Britain.

In just 12 years more than 80,000 saplings have been planted. A group of 350 young English oaks and yews form the Millennium Circle at the focal point of Battram Wood and a group of rare native Black Poplar is the subject of a special conservation action plan. Ten thousand wild daffodil bulbs form a spectacular display along the rides every spring.

Once you are there information boards will tell you about its development, the plans for the future and the species which are beginning to inhabit these growing woodlands. To find out more about Battram, including directions, follow this link.

You can also find out more about how trees and woodlands can help manage climate change through ourclimate change factsheets produced to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

The RFS is a proud supporter of Tree Aid and the work it is carrying out in Africa – the most deforested continent in the world – to plant one million trees to provide sustainable fuel, food, income and much more for millions there.