National Trust – Why We Love it (and why we don’t) – our story

A lot of people love to hate the National Trust. One of the problems is the price – it’s really expensive now for most people, and you often have to pay for parking. But don’t forget that you can always get a voucher code like we did, from here, before going. Memberships are about 20% less if you use a coupon.

And the negatives don’t really end there. Trust me, this isn’t going to be yet another negative National Trust …

Four Interesting things to do with Acorns

Acorns are well-known as being a favourite meal for many woodland creatures. Mice, squirrels and birds all forage for these nutty treats throughout Autumn as they can be stored easily for eating during the cold winter months when food is scarce. But it’s not just wild animals that can eat acorns, we humans can eat them too. Below we will share some great acorn recipes, as well as a few more interesting facts about acorns.

 

Are Acorns Edible?

Raw …

Why do Nettles Sting?

When it comes to a summer walk, stinging nettles can be a bit of a hazard. Almost all of us have vivid memories of being stung by stinging nettles as a child. And many of us will recall a parent of grandparent reaching for a dock leaf and rubbing it on the stinging area, helping us to feel better and get back on our way. But have you ever wondered why it is that nettle sting in the first place? …

Woodland Closed for May

We have made the decision to close the woodland for the month of May. That is, from 1st of May to the 28th – so not quite the full month. The reason for this, while unfortunate for our visitors, is due to family reasons. We also need to give the birds and bees a chance to recover after a record year.

We will be back again, open end of the month and hope to see as many people as possible …

How to tell the Difference between a Frog and a Toad

Now that spring has rolled around, you might have noticed that frogs and toads have begun to stir – they certainly have around Wilderness Wood! If you’re lucky you will see them hopping out of hibernation and heading to breeding pools to mate. But how do you tell the difference between a frog and a toad? While both frogs and toads might look very similar at first glance, there are a number of key differences between the two species.

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Springtime foraging

Spring is the start of a new year, and new growth for all kinds of plants. This means that it’s a goldmine for foraging, and will get you will into the mood for it before the bountiful summer comes along. Here are some of the top things that you can forage in spring.

 

Sea beetSea beet

Sea beet is the parent of beetroot and swiss chard, and is more commonly found on pebble beaches just above the tide line. You …

Winter Foraging

Winter is here. That time of year between when the abundance of berries and fruits has passed, and when the new shoots begin to grow in the spring. Even so, there are a few winter fruits and nuts to keep an eye out for. Follow this guide and head outdoors.

 

Not many people are aware of this but you can actually eat ripe acorns. They cannot be eaten raw though, you have to prepare them first.

Beech nuts make …

Wilderness tyres & ATV , getting stuck in the mud

Not many people get stuck in the mud in their own driveway – but we do! I suppose you should consider us lucky in some respects to have the land, but it sometimes feels like such a burden.

Today Emily our maid got stuck in her huge 4×4 that she sometimes uses, and we had to try digging her out.

Firestone tyres generally speaking are not great, but for some reason their 4×4 tyres are superlative. Grabbers and GT used …

Owning your own Woodland

Recently, more and more people have been buying up woodlands in order to get themselves back i touch with nature. When compared to land with planning permission, woodland is quite cheap, and offers the owner many benefits. Here are just a few of the things you can expect to be doing if you ever take the plunge and decide to own your own peace of nature.

There’s nothing very like a genuine fire. How frequently do we hear that expression …

Autumn Woodland Foraging

Autumn is upon us, and the leaves on the trees are beginning to change colour and fall. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to forage. In fact autumn is a great time of year for foraging, as it’s when the nuts and berries on hedgerows and in woods begin to ripen. Just remember to always forage responsibly by following the responsible foraging guidelines.

Beech nutsFrom the end of September and well into October, keep an eye out for Beech nuts. …