Sounds of the Forest

Open for visitors!

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day.  We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.

Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial.  The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail, Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

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Millennium Wood, on display until 5 September 2021

Sounds of the Forest is an unique audio exhibition, in which people from across the world were invited to contribute an audio recording of their local woodland to form the first ever global forest sounds map. 


Included in the installation are sounds from Singapore Botanic Gardens, Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, The Eden Project in England and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in South Africa, amongst many others. 


The project created by Wild Rumpus in partnership with the National Forest. Artistic interpretations inspired by Sounds of the Forest will feature at Timber Festival 2021, held during the first weekend of July in the heart of the National Forest.

The Ulster Ash Grove

Health and Wellbeing

Spending time in forests and woodland can improve our physical and mental health. The stimulating, multi-sensory experience of being in a forest can lower blood pressure and reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Forests also provide an ideal environment to encourage physical activity like walking, hiking, running and cycling - anything that can get our bodies moving.

Poppies Close Up

Remembrance and Togetherness

Nature can provide us with a place to remember and come together. The National Memorial Arboretum was founded as a natural environment in which people could remember lives lost and celebrate lives lived.

Why are Forests so Important for Our Planet?


Forests are a key part of our ecosystem worldwide. They offer a habitat for animals, provide food, water and ingredients for our medicines, and support the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people (over 20% of the population). Vitally, they help reduce climate change by absorbing around 30% of the carbon that we produce.


Since 1990, 420 million hectares of forest have been destroyed, having a devastating impact on our environment and ecology. If climate change continues unchecked, the temperature of the planet will continue to rise and weather patterns will become less stable, resulting in areas of the planet becoming uninhabitable. 


However, across the world people are coming together in a concerted effort to save our forests. Many retailers now supply more sustainably sourced products, rural forest communities are developing more ecological ways of farming and reforestation is helping to rebuild biodiverse forests. 


Here at the Arboretum we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment also, through monitoring our energy usage, limiting the amount of plastic in our Restaurant and Coffee Shop, and by caring for over 25,000 trees in our carefully curated and biologically diverse environment.