Celebrate Ordinance Survey’s ‘Get Outside Day’ tomorrow by discovering what you can do and the adventures that you can have in your local Forestry Commission England’s woodland.
From den building to forest bathing, Forestry Commission England’s woodlands are filled with activities to tempt you off your sofa.
#GetOutside is aimed to get the nation moving outdoors, and what better place to do this than in your local woodland.
Here is a roundup of Forestry Commission England’s top 5 things to do this Sunday:
Go for a run – Running in the forest beats the gym or the street hands down! With the launch of Forestry Commission England’s waymarked running trails it’s now easier than ever to navigate yourself around the forest. Whether you’re a keen runner or just starting to jog, enjoy the freedom, fresh air and scenery of running in the great outdoors.
Try forest bathing – Let the rainbow of colours, the scent of the trees and the sounds of the forest ease your stress and worry by trying forest bathing. Known in Japan as shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is simply being in nature, connecting with the forest through our senses of sight, hearing, taste and touch. We all know how good being in nature can make us feel, so here at Forestry Commission England, we have enlisted experts to share with us their Forest bathing top tips.
Go on a James and the Giant peach themed adventure – In Roald Dahl’s classic story, James and the Giant Peach, James Henry Trotter escaped from Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge by rolling away in a giant peach and going on an extraordinary adventure. Forestry Commission England are now inviting children to go on their own adventure, where they can meet their very own insect friends and learn all about their habitats with the “forest adventure kit”. Available to buy from 15 Forestry Commission sites, including Westonbirt Arboretum, the kit has everything needed for budding explorers to enjoy the outside.
Build a den – Den building is surely what forests are made for. Is there anything as snug as your own forest den? Or as fun as building it in the first place? Recapture your childhood, reconnect with nature, ignite your imagination and return to the world of den building.
Go for a walk – You can walk in any of the woodlands and forests and there are walks for all ages and abilities. From spectacular mountain hikes and sheltered pinewood trails to quiet streamside paths that meander under old oak trees. So why not get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air?
For more ideas you can visit www.forestry/england.gov.uk and #GetOutside.