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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

We Had A Tree Dedicated Through The Woodland Trust

Being Nature Detectives with The Woodland Trust

For the past year I've enjoyed a Woodland Trust family membership for myself and my grandchildren.  We're enjoying another year of exciting adventures too!

We are enormously lucky to live within a short distance of a number of Woodland Trust woods but also to have our very own tree dedicated to us at Polyphemus in Darwen, Lancashire where, in 2007, two thousand trees were planted on the 40 hectare site

Being Nature Detectives with The Woodland Trust - tree dedication certificate
The Woodland Trust is the country's largest conservation charity who protect and campaign on behalf of woodland areas, plant more trees, restore ancient woodland - all for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Having this membership is a great opportunity for us to get out and explore nature.  Every few weeks, the grandchildren get their own pack through the post which is packed full of seasonal activities, puzzles and information.

There's an endless amount of information and ideas on the Woodland Trust website - and a family membership makes an ideal gift for the whole family, especially if you're already an outdoorsy type - and if not, what a great way to start! 

Find out more about how you can support The Woodland Trust with a membership, a donation or a dedication. 

You can also follow The Woodland Trust here:

Being Nature Detectives with The Woodland Trust - Woodland Trust logo

For more information about my partnership with The Woodland Trust please see my disclosure policy. I have received a year's family membership to help promote their cause and have also gifted four family memberships to friends to help continue the campaign. You can read more of our adventures here.  Look out for regular updates on my Facebook page and Instagram.