As Christmas approaches and the days are shorter it can be hard to find ways to keep your kids occupied. After you’ve watched a film, let them play on their iPad for a while and negotiated a few sibling battles over a board game or two everyone is usually ready for some fresh air.
So it’s time for hats, scarfs, big snuggly coats and a pair of wellies so you can explore autumn in all its glory. As the trees turn different colours it’s a perfect time to explore your local woods, our kids love identifying the different trees and spotting wildlife, they never fall to be amazed at the speed of squirrels!
My local woods were an important part of my childhood, building dens, climbing big oaks and finding conkers and treasures to take home and turn into art projects. And I want to know that those woods will still be there when my children are taking their children on autumn walks.
The Woodland Trust is Britain’s largest charity protecting our woodland and the wildlife that lives there. Over 250 of our most threatened species depend on our native woods for their survival. Yet in the past 70 years, more than half of our ancient woodland has been destroyed. So it’s vital that families get involved and help them protect woodland and nature for future generations.
If you love nature and getting outdoors with your children then Woodland Trust Membership is perfect. As a member you’ll help The Woodland Trust protect the countryside by buying threatened woods to save them from destruction by development. And you’ll help give homes to the endangered birds, insects, plants and mammals that depend on the woods. The Woodland Trust doesn’t just protect the woods we have but also plant millions of trees, creating important new habitats for rare plants and wildlife.
As part of the new Woodland Trust Family Membership each child (9 and under) in your family will become a Nature Detective with their own welcome pack. Grownups receive your own pack including a directory showing all Woodland Trust woods, plus a unique guide to native British trees, a quarterly publication and more.
Find out what SusanKMann and her children think of The Woodland Trust Family Membership
And if you’re on the hunt for Christmas presents The Woodland Trust have a fantastic shop crammed full of nature-inspired gifts
by Nicola Cooper-Abbs