In 2011 the Woodland Trust joined forces with landowners across Scotland to launch VisitWoods - a collaborative project aimed at encouraging more people to enjoy woods and forests across the UK.
At the heart of the project is visitwoods.org.uk, an interactive website showcasing thousands of woods that members of the public can visit from Stranraer to Stornoway. Visitors to the website can search for woods by location, name or features (e.g. disabled access) and view individual wood pages with searchable maps, visitor comments and photos.
If you own woodland and are looking for ways of attracting visitors, please go to visitwoods.org.uk.
On the website, you can find out if your woodland is featured and what the public are saying about it.
The website has received over half a million visits since February, so it’s worth keeping an eye on your woods for feedback.
If your woodland has no visitor information, you can add this yourself very simply. Just go to visitwoods.org.uk find your wood (search by name or location), register and add your comments, descriptions and images to our blog or photo gallery.
Popular comments include what makes your woodland special, what facilities you offer and how best to access the wood. Or, if this information is already held online elsewhere, simply add that URL to the individual wood page and avoid duplication.
VisitWoods hopes easy access to woodland information from one single website will inspire more woodland visits in Scotland and for many landowners this could be linked to wider tourism and business opportunities.