Woodland Trust launches first interactive woods website

The Woodland Trust has launched the country's first interactive website on publicly accessible woods.

Woodland Trust launches visitwoods.org.uk - image: Woodland Trust
Woodland Trust launches visitwoods.org.uk - image: Woodland Trust

VisitWoods.org.uk has been developed to bring all of the UK's known publicly accessible woods -  14,000 woodlands in all.

The £2.1 million project enables people to find their nearest accessible wood and directions to it. Visitors keen to share their experience can attribute various features and facilities to the woods they have visited, as well as uploading photographs, recommendations and comments to the site.

The project has been developed by  the Woodland Trust in partnership with other leading organisations such as the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Yell and DoubleTree by Hilton.

Despite support from all of its partners the project still requires additional funding, from companies that cater for leisure and outdoor industries.

Gail Graham, project manager for VisitWoods, said: "VisitWoods.org.uk  is a great way for people of all ages to discover woods close to where they live, as well as further afield. It features lots of great ideas and resources, which we hope will inspire users to try something new.

"The website is a great fit for companies that cater for leisure and outdoor industries to support as it will become a widely used information source by their customers and supporters.  

 "In the long-term our aim is that VisitWoods.org.uk becomes a vital public service, which thousands of people all over the country will come to use on a regular basis. Any companies which would like to support the project should contact the Woodland Trust on 01476 581 112."


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