Walk in the Woods

child walking down a path in the woods

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Walk in the Woods is the The Tree Council’s festival to encourage everyone to enjoy trees and woods. Across the UK, walks, talks and other events take place in town and countryside – an invitation to go down to the woods or to a local park or just enjoy tree-lined streets. Flowers, birdsong and leaf colour make them particularly inviting.

Walk in the Woods is a great opportunity to organise an event and get new people interested in trees – especially in their local patch. A particular aim of Walk in the Woods is to attract people who rarely, if ever, visit woods – even those on their doorstep.

Find local events on the website, or add your own.

National Tree Week

boys hidden in the foliage of a tree

“First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

National Tree Week is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year, The Tree Council’s member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, our 8,000 Tree Wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees. There’ll be something for everyone, from celebrating a favourite local tree to walks, talks, wood fairs, Tree Charter and Tree Dressing events.

Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes, continues to add value to our lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can sometimes be taken for granted: they not only create a habitat for all sorts of wildlife, but provide services to humans too. We get food, fuel and building resources from them; they help prevent flooding, clean our polluted air and water supplies and conserve energy.

Trees are good for business, too. It’s been proven that trees increase property values as well as footfall in shopping or business areas, all of which helps to boost the local economy. The value and contribution of trees is immeasurable, going back to childhood memories such as climbing a favourite tree, admiring the gorgeous autumn colours they bring or simply, being glad they are around us. Whatever the reason, trees are a valuable asset and deserve to be celebrated.

Do you want to be part of this great collective achievement?
All events can be found on our Near You map. To find out about the kind of activities which took place in your area last year, for inspiration, you can look at past events. If you’re interested in organising your own event, read further to get some useful tips on how to organise successful tree planting activities and don’t forget to list your event on our website, so that other people can come and join you!

Each year we produce a downloadable poster that event organisers can download to advertise their own National Tree Week events. Use it on its own, or insert it into your own local poster that includes the time and place or a contact number, and put it up on local notice boards. Use it as many times as you like – it’s free!

National Tree Week culminates with Tree Dressing Day on 3rd December. “

European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision makers and the wider public. Well it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

The Climate is changing, bringing changes that affect the life of every being on earth. Nature was never so threatened – nor so needed – as before.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we crop, they all depend on the quality of our ecosystems. From the mountain tops to the deep seas, there is a huge variety of habitats protected by National, Nature, Regional, N2000, Marine or Periurban Parks. In Europe, nature has a level of protection thanks to the work of our Parks: they preserve our natural resources and are authentic hubs of biodiversity. They are our life support system.

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

European Day of Parks

2019 theme: Our Natural Treasures

Our Protected Areas are made of amazing landscapes, incredible species and unique habitats. What are the Natural Treasures your park is protecting? What is the story of that endangered species that live in your Park?

#EuropeanDayofParks

About the European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision-makers and the wider public. Well, it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

30 Days Wild

person walking through a meadow with the 30 days wild logo over the top and the question Can You Do Someting Wild Every Day For A Month?

“Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! We’ve got 101 ideas – but you can make up your own, too!”

World Environment Day

World Environment Day Logo

A global celebration of nature, a day to reconnect with the places that matter most to you.

‘On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

A Platform for Action
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People’s Day
Above all, World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.

The Theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017 is connecting people to nature.’

#WorldEnvironmentDay

World Environment Day

a circle with a colourful fingerprint pattern and the words World Environment Day

The United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The people’s day
Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

The theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”.

Together we can #BeatAirPollution

Toolkits provide a how-to guide on solutions to air pollution, allowing you to pick and choose what is right for you. Whether you are a business, a government, school or individual.

#WorldEnvironmentDay

 

National Parks Week

Boy Jumping On A Wild Hillside

‘National Parks Week is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks – Britain’s breathing spaces.

There are events across the UK’s 15 National Parks, including many free family events. Choose your nearest Park on the National Park Website, and join in fun activities for all, including:

  • Family friendly adventures
  • Quirky adventures
  • Adventures for beginners
  • Walking routes
  • Family activities
  • Trail running
  • Cycle routes
  • Camping areas

There are countless outdoor activities in which to take part, including walking, cycling and star-gazing.’

#NationalParksWeek

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day Poster

‘The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that Rangers do in conserving the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF’s) member Associations, The Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organisations, schools and individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF worldwide.’

Nature Nurtures National Conference

The Heart of Play: The Serious Work of Keeping Joy in Learning.

The Nature Nurtures National Conference takes place every year and is a diverse gathering of more than 150 attendees from around the country. Listen to educators and speakers from around the world, meet new friends and like-minded folk, re-connect with colleagues, reflect on your own practice and/or parenting, and grow your understanding of what it means to be an important person in a child’s life.

2 days of masterclasses, seminars and exhibitions.