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We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland's forests. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Fun for the whole family

Get out into the woods

There’s plenty to do for all ages this spring in your local forest. See if you can find all the different animals and plants on our What can you spot? (PDF 1.6MB) activity sheet. Or try and complete everything on the Top 20 Challenge list (PDF 300KB) of fun things, like making a den or counting tree rings.

A graphic of a spring animal identification chart

Colourful crafting

Making your own craft materials is a fun and budget-friendly way to get creative. Why not turn freshly picked flowers into part of a colourful card or badge using a flower press?

Simply place the flowers between the sheets of the press and wait until they’re all thoroughly flat.

Pressed flowers on a table

Alternatively, place them between pages at the back of a heavy book and press them that way. Make sure to place the flowers between two sheets of blotting or wax paper so you don’t stain your book.

Forest foraging

Foraging involves directly picking plants found outdoors, such as in woodlands, rather than buying them from a shop. Different foods are ready to eat depending on what season it is – though there’s usually something delicious to pick!

From late winter all through spring, wild garlic can be found across the country, and is perfect for adding some flavour to a meal or snack.

Always make sure you’re positive what you’re picking: wild garlic looks similar to the poisonous lily of the valley. You can tell which is which by crushing the garlic leaves in your hands to release the garlic-y scent.

Wild garlic pesto

You’ll need:wild garlic

  • 1 bunch wild garlic
  • handful of basil
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 50g parmesan
  • 150ml olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  1. Toast the pine nuts until lightly brown
  2. Place all ingredients (except oil, salt and pepper) into a blender and mix until smooth
  3. Pour in the oil until it’s all mixed together
  4. Season with salt and pepper

Remember: you can adjust amounts to suit your own tastes!

Rainy day fun

We can experience four seasons in one day here in Scotland, so sometimes staying indoors with a hot drink is the best option! If you can’t get out to see the trees in real life, why not have a go at our kids activities.

There are also plenty of great films and television shows that features trees of all shapes and sizes.

A close up of the Avengers baby Groot tree character

 

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