I've been visiting the woods for the past 9 years, and I've always thought it was a special place. Since becoming a new mum in November, I've been a much more frequent visitor. On days when I've been so sleep deprived I can barely see straight, and just felt like curling up with my baby indoors, Warley Woods has been a place I can take us out for a walk, say hello to some friendly dog walkers, and enjoy being out in nature, which has huge benefits for both of us.

On a light hearted note, I've walked countless laps of the paths trying to get my baby to sleep (and seen many other parents doing the same!). On a more serious note, I'm sure that having Warley Woods on our doorstep has saved my mental health since having my baby. If the woods wasn't here, I think I could have easily become a bit isolated.