It’s been a winter of some of the heaviest snowfalls on record, but Spring has sprung and people are being urged to use the UK’s first interactive website to make the most of its arrival.
VisitWoods.org.uk has been developed by the Woodland Trust to ensure that no one who wants to see Spring’s early signs will miss out. It maps nearly 14,000 woodlands giving easy access to information on nearly all publicly accessible woods.
Anyone can enter a postcode and generate a map of all woods in the surrounding area that are open to visit, regardless of who owns them.
Developed with organisations such as the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts and RSPB, it will bring all major woodland-owning organisations into one searchable database and enable people to find their nearest accessible wood – and directions to it.
Ray Hawes, Head of Forestry at the National Trust, said: “There is something magical about wondering through a wood that gets you really close to nature in all its beauty. VisitWoods is such a great resource for everyone who loves trees whether you want to visit somewhere new or find a local hidden gem.”
Visitors keen to share their experience can attribute various features and facilities to the woods they’ve visited, as well as uploading photographs, recommendations and comments to the site. In this way, the public will help to build an essential portal, contributing to a richer experience for everyone.For more information go to www.VisitWoods.org.uk