Britons are being encouraged to take a walk in the woods during the forthcoming half-term holiday.
Walking charity the Ramblers will offer free woodland walks as part of a Tree Council campaign next week.
The Walk in the Woods week has been run by the council for more than a decade and aims to get families into the woods to enjoy the autumn splendour of the country’s forested areas.
The Ramblers-led walks are open to everyone, with short, family-friendly walks to choose from and longer rambles for the seasoned hiker.
Simon Barnett, director of walking programmes and promotions at the Ramblers said: “Autumn is one of the best seasons to enjoy the shaded paths of your favourite local wood.
“Join the Ramblers and the Tree Council and help instil a love for local woodlands in younger generations and enjoy the benefits of walking with friends and family.”
Pauline Buchanan Black, director-general of The Tree Council added: “This most picturesque time of year reminds us of the beauty of these living habitats and the importance of planting more for future generations.
“Whether you choose one of the many woodland walks being put on by Ramblers groups, or take your friends or family out on a woodland stroll in your local area, it’ll be the perfect time to enjoy the calm, refreshing effects of our forests.
“The more we look up and appreciate what is around us, the more likely we are to be inspired to plant more trees and care for the ones we already have.”