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Celebrate National Tree Week

Celebrate National Tree Week

As National Tree Week – which runs from 26 November to 4 December 2016 – approaches, The Tree Council is encouraging everyone to consider how they can change views for the better by planting and celebrating trees. First mounted in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK's largest tree celebration and launches the start of the winter tree planting season.

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Get Walking for Take a Hike Day

Get Walking for Take a Hike Day

In the USA, 17th November marks Take a Hike Day. So why not support our American cousins in this celebration of all things outdoors and get out on a ramble yourself this week? After all, walkers in other countries would give their eye teeth for the UK's walking freedoms...

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Take Miles off Your Feet

Take Miles off Your Feet

I did some quick calculations recently and it turns out that I walk more than 1,000 miles every year. Lucky me! Great for mind, body and soul and I love every minute of it. But it also got me thinking…these feet of mine are really being put through their paces (literally!). So I thought I’d share with you my personal tried and tested ways to look after your feet and ensure that they will carry you for many more miles into the future. May I present, The iFootpath Girl’s guide to footcare for walkers…

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Time to Face Your Walking Fears

Time to Face Your Walking Fears

Today, 11 October 2016, is Face Your Fears Day. The organisers explain, “Take a moment to consider what your life might be like if you conquered some of your greatest fears. What would you do differently? Face Your Fears Day gives you the chance to stand up to your fears, overcome them, and to seize the day.”

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Green Spaces worth £2.2bn to Health

Green Spaces worth £2.2bn to Health

Green exercise in England benefits adult health to the tune of £2.2 billion a year, according to a recent study published in the journal of Preventative Medicine. Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and Public Health England analysed data from the world’s largest study on recreational visits to natural places, such as parks, woods and beaches. They estimated that over 8 million adults in England engage in green exercise each week, resulting in over 1.3 billion green exercise visits a year.

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From Seed to Tree: How to Travel in Style

From Seed to Tree: How to Travel in Style

With harvest season upon us, it got me thinking about all things seeds. From a tiny acorn, a giant oak may grow. However magical it may seem, we all know that every beautiful old tree began life as a tiny seed. But if seeds were to fall straight off the tree and germinate at the roots of the parent, the next generation would fail and trees would be in crisis. Evolution created the answer to this conundrum and trees have developed a range of amazing techniques to ensure their seeds travel far and wide…

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Calling for Green Prescriptions

Calling for Green Prescriptions

Doctors prescribing exercise outdoors to patients would get more people doing physical activity and help reduce obesity, say councils. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils, is calling for a similar model to the "green prescription" in New Zealand that gets people outdoors, to be introduced in England and Wales...

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The Powerful Purpose of Purple

The Powerful Purpose of Purple

During August and September, our moorlands and heaths are transformed into a vivid shade of purple as the heather bursts into its annual bloom. But aside from being a beautiful spectacle for walkers, the heather has an important purpose. It supports lots of wildlife by providing food and habitat and it has also played an important role in human history too. Discover why bees love purple and find the best heather walks...

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Parkland Perfection…Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown

Parkland Perfection…Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape architect who earned the name England’s Greatest Gardener. He is said to be to landscaping what Turner is to painting and Wordsworth is to poetry. And the legacy of Capability Brown remains for us all to enjoy in large areas of parkland and gardens across the country.

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A Bit Too Green and Pleasant?

A Bit Too Green and Pleasant?

May and June are my favourite walking months, not least because it is the greenest time of the year. But this year, with ideal growing conditions for nettles and the like, it seems things might be just a bit too green and pleasant out there…

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