Spring nature quest with the Woodland Trust

This Spring Grow Wild are teaming up with the Woodland Trust to invite you on a nature quest.

English oak leaves

We know how important it is for people to connect with nature. Just taking a moment each day to notice and appreciate the nature around us can improve our mood and reduce stress*.

So we’re encouraging you to go on a #NatureQuest and look out for these six types of UK native trees and wildflowers: bluebells; ash trees; garlic mustard; oxeye daisies; English oak trees; and silver birch.

You could keep an eye out on your commute, at the bus stop, in your local park, or on a walk with friends at the weekend. Wherever you are, you're bound to spot one of these plants, or the new leaves on these trees, before Spring is over. 

Do you know the difference between a UK native bluebell and a non-native bluebell?

Bluebell wood

Do you know why dairy farmers aren’t particularly fond of garlic mustard plants?

Garlic mustard wildflower

You can find out the answers to these questions, as well as how to identify our chosen plants and trees, in these fantastic factsheets that we have produced with the Woodland Trust and Kew scientists.

Nature's Calendar

The Woodland Trust have been tracking these, and many other, species on Nature's Calendar in records that date back as far as 1736.

This flagship, mass participation, citizen science project is the UK's biggest record of the changing seasons and contains 2.7 million records. It is believed to be the longest written record of its kind in the UK and is an invaluable source of information for researchers across the world trying to understand the impact of climate change on nature.

If you enjoy taking notice of nature this Spring with our factsheets, why not sign up to record your findings on Nature’s Calendar? You'll be playing an important part in helping scientists predict how wildlife will be affected as the climate changes. 

And tell the Woodland Trust that Grow Wild sent you!

Good luck on your nature quest wherever you go!  We would love to see your photos of the nature that you spot, share them with us online @growwilduk using #NatureQuest.

*There is a wide variety of research on this available. For example, The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing), published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine.