Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the woods, all those wonderful colours as the leaves turn..... It won't surprise many of you that my favourite woods to wander through in Autumn are the Colinton and Craiglockart Dells along the Water of Leith. But Edinburgh has several other lovely areas of woodland including Hermitage of Braid and Corstorphine Hill.
If you're in the UK, you can find your nearest woodland from the Woodland Trust's Visit Woods website. You can find out how you can get involved more here.
The Woodland Trust are also interested in the plants and animals you see when you're out and about in the woods. You can find out how to help them record our woodland wildlife here.
You may have read recently that the UK's ash trees may be at threat from Chalara dieback disease. According to the Woodland Trust, this disease could be as devastating as Dutch Elm disease was. The Trust has agreed not to import ash trees, to avoid bringing the disease into the country. Ash trees are one of our commonest woodland trees and if they are severely affected by disease then potentially our woodland landscapes could be significantly damaged. This disease joins many other diseases including sudden oak death and horse chestnut bleeding canker as threats to our woodlands.
So, join the Woodland Trust in campaigning to protect our woods, but also, get out there and enjoy them while we still can!
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