Walking Library for Forest Walks


Photograph by Dee Heddon

The Walking Library is delighted to be making a new Walking Library for Forest Walks. Commissioned by the National Forest, the specially compiled library will be displayed at the Timber festival in July 2020, with the opportunity to join an artist-led walk to explore the collection further and share texts along the way. The collection will then remain in the National Forest to be used by local libraries, walk leaders and community groups.

We need your help to fill this new Walking Library with books to take for a walk in the forest by suggesting the perfect book to walk with. Below are some prompts to help with your suggestion:

  • What book transports you from your arm chair to the imagined forest?
  • What book would help you see the forest for the trees?
  • What book would provide seeds for thought and future forests?
  • What leaves would you want to turn and share?
  • What forest stories stretch both legs and minds?

Books can be for adults, children and young people. Add your recommendation by filling in the simple online form at Library Suggestions by 30 April 2020.


                          Photograph by Mhairi Law

If you would like to send us a donated book to include in the Library please post to –The Walking Library, C/o The National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, DE12 6BA (and we would love to hear why you’ve selected this particular book for The Walking Library for Forest Walks. If you’d like to then include a noteeven with just a few words – along with your name if you’d like your suggestion to be credited).



3 thoughts on “Walking Library for Forest Walks

  1. Stewart Miller

    Not sure if its what you are after, but this got me to thinking about Margaret Atwood’s Environmental Disaster Trilogy (Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAdam). After disaster strikes, the journeys the characters make become much more difficult (generally by foot) and much more fraught with danger, with fear of attack. They can’t necessarily relax, walk and enjoy nature any more, in a way that we currently take for granted. Also interesting, because after the disaster and the disappearance of most human activity, we get descriptions of re-wilding taking place in what were once towns etc.; might inspire people to check out post industrial sites in Glasgow? Finally, and perhaps also of relevance, is that some of the humans who survived, belonged to a cult called the ‘Gods Gardeners’ with lots of emphasis here on the importance of being able to grow your own food and being self-sufficient. Might inspire people to check out and get involved with community gardens in Glasgow?

  2. stewart miller

    The other book that comes to mind is Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’. Again, post apocalyptic, but essentially one long walk by a father and a son, to somewhere they hope will be safer. Glasgow isn’t quite post apocalyptic yet, but you do sometimes have to make an effort to get out and see the beautiful green spaces that we still have in the city….


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