Woods and community green spaces are places of wonder, contemplation, relaxation and play. And in the months of April and May, they spring to life. Trees take to leaf, bluebells burst forth and the tree canopy is a symphony of bird song.
During May, people across the country get out to celebrate their local trees for Walk in the Woods month. It’s an opportunity to celebrate your local trees by getting out to the woods, walking in a local park, or just appreciating tree-lined streets. And we want you to join us!
How to get involved
Being part of Walk in the Woods is simple. Just get out there and enjoy your local trees!
You can do this by attending a local guided walk, organising your own, or simply gathering together friends or family and getting out under your local trees. To see what is going on in your area, check out the events listed on our interactive map, and follow The Tree Council or Twitter or Facebook to see the latest events being announced.
If there’s nothing going on near to you, why not consider organising your own walk!
Organising an event is simple
- Choose a local woodland and a route to enjoy. Think about the sort of length of walk you might like to do, and how challenging it should be. If you want to invite children, consider a route that will be easy on little legs.
- List your event on our Near You map so others can learn about it
- Print a free copy of our Walk in the Woods poster and fill in the details of your walk. Ask your local council, shops and library to display the flyer. Don’t forget to include a contact number.
- Spread the word on social media – create a Facebook event or post about it on Twitter. Tag The Tree Council and we’ll share in on our channels
- And don’t forget to record your bluebell sightings for the Woodland Trust's Bluebell Watch
Making it unique
Why not make your walk memorable by giving it a special theme:
- Enjoy the morning birdsong
If you have a knowledgeable birder in your midst, arrange an early morning ‘dawn chorus’ event, appreciating the local birdlife
- Learn more about trees
If you or someone you know is knowledgeable about tree species, why not arrange a tree ID tour and educate local people on how to identify some common tree species
- Team up with a local school
Invite classes from your local school to join you for a brief walk and share why it’s so important for young people to love and protect their local trees
- Let the woods inspire you
If you love arts and crafts, conclude your walk with a simple open-air arts and crafts session, like nature sketching or watercolour painting
Whatever you do, get out there and enjoy your local trees this May. And don’t forget to share your experience with us @thetreecouncil and #walkinthewoods.
If you have any questions, get in touch with us.