Sounds of the Forest

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The National Memorial Arboretum, part of the Royal British Legion, joins the Nation, the Commonwealth and the rest of the World in mourning the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a Life Member of the Royal British Legion and he was gracious and generous in his support of the National Memorial Arboretum over many years.


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.