Walkers urged to put Mansfield woodland on the map

Visitors to Mansfield woodlands are being urged to help put the local havens firmly on the map.

The Woodland Trust is asking anyone visiting the woods over the school summer holidays to get their cameras out and snap different areas of the woodland to upload onto an interactive website.

VisitWoods.org.uk is a website that has been developed by the Woodland Trust to map nearly 14,000 woodlands across the UK . The aim is to raise awareness of all woods that are open to the public.

However, some woods are not so well known, which is why more pictures are needed.

Gail Graham, VisitWoods project manager at the Woodland Trust said: “Woods are great places for families to enjoy time outdoors together over the summer holidays. We hope that this summer people will get snapping with their mobile phones or cameras and share their pictures of woodlands on the site. The website is a great way of sharing ideas and helping people get out and enjoy the woods near to them.”

VisitWoods.org.uk is the UK ’s first interactive website to bring all major woods into one searchable database. It gives people the chance to find their nearest wood and directions to it. People can also share their recommendations by posting their comments on the site. The creation of the website has been made possible by funding of £1.2 million from Natural England’s Access to Nature scheme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with further support coming from Yell and DoubleTree by Hilton.