Video: Come to our Favourite Wild Wood?



It’s no secret I love trees, we like to walk in trees, appreciate the history of ancient trees,  hug trees, picnic under trees and nature is a huge part of the legacy I try to pass on to my kids. I want them to appreciate the peace, the magnificence, the fun, the life and the homes for wildlife woodlands provide us with.

I am really excited to share The Woodland Trust’s #naturedetectives campaign, a family membership scheme which includes lots of lovely age specific ideas for making the most of the woodland. Kids get their own post  – a nature detectives pack and if you join as a family you also get a tree dedicated to you, guides to woodlands and magazines. The Woodland Trust are a charity – so without donations they wouldn’t exist to protect our woodlands for future generations. There is more information on joining below, but do check out the site for amazing summer holiday activity inspiration!

Today I just wanted to share why I think woods are vital to protect.

I thought I would take you to our favourite wild wood, it is constantly under threat from house building and supermarkets, yet it is an amazing hill top escape from our busy suburb with incredible views over Nottingham.

Like the wood, I’m having a tough time at the moment, not feeling myself for various reasons, and this week it has just been me and Mr G, who has also been a bit grumpy that his sister is doing film club all week. So we took Max the dog to the woods to gain some headspace, and well, here’s what happened.


Music Credit – This has to be one of my all time favourite albums, Wild Wood, by Paul Weller. Download it here.


Join The Woodland Trust as a family

Create your won little legacy in the world, protect woodlands for future generations and immerse your family in nature.

Here’s what you get…


  • Membership to Nature Detectives.
  • A Nature Detectives welcome folder and activity booklet, plus bookmark, nature passport and stickers.
  • New seasonal activity pack four times a year posted to each Nature Detective, and weekly Facebook challenges.
  • Different packs for different ages.


  • A tree dedicated to you in your nearest Woodland Trust wood.
  • A unique guide to native British trees.
  • Directory of Woodland Trust woods to discover.
  • Two copies of our Broadleaf and The Woods Today magazines each year.
  • Emails with details of activities, events and lots more.

Join the Woodland Trust with your family today – membership starts from just £5 a month for one child and £6 a month for two children.



  1. 06/08/2015 / 12:33 pm

    Great video, looks like a great wood for a walk to wear out the little chaps! Love the colours, especially the red poppy 🙂 x

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:29 am

      It’s perfect for that very thing!

  2. 06/08/2015 / 4:22 pm

    What a great video and looks lovely x

    • parentshaped
      14/08/2015 / 8:29 am

      Thanks Susan, always makes me feel calm!

  3. Becky
    16/08/2015 / 8:09 am

    Such a lovely place and delighted to have walked it with you

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