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About our forests

Timberjack 1710 forwarder extracting oak and ash in Temple Wood, South Lincs. The oak will be used for construction and the ash is for local firewood.

Find out how we take care of your forests 

Watch these short videos to learn about the timber cycle and how the Forestry Commission cares for your forests.

How do trees work?

Find out what each part of a tree does using this child-friendly poster.

The forest cycle

For a great introduction to the forest and how it is cared for by the Forestry Commission, watch this informative, child-friendly photo show with accompanying notes.

Before, during or after your visit, you can make and enjoy the snapdragon – how many answers can you and your friends come up with to each of the questions?

Keeping our woodlands healthy

Tree health can have a dramatic impact on our cherished landscapes. Tree diseases can live in the mud, leaves and water we find on our boots.

We can all help limit the spread of tree diseases from site to site by taking some simple steps:

  • Arrive at forests, parks and gardens with clean bikes, boots and buggies.
  • At the end of a visit, stamp and poke the mud and leaves from your bikes, boots and buggies before you leave the site.
  • Rinse and clean pond dipping equipment between different locations, making sure that you don’t transfer pond or river water from site to site.

By following these simple guidelines, we can help keep our forests vibrant and healthy for generations to come.

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Last updated: 4th August 2018

What's of interest

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) downloadable lesson plans and resources on sustainable forest management

Forest Education Network for anyone with an interest in forest education

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom - a registered charity championing learning outside the classroom (LOtC)

Forests for the Future - a resource investigating trees, forests and climate change

Useful sites