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The National Forest

The National Forest is one of the country's boldest environmental projects, transforming 200 square miles in the centre of England.

The New National Forest Way

The new National Forest Way takes walkers through the length and breadth of this changing landscape.



Coming of Age: The National Forest Strategy 2014 - 2024


The new strategy for creating and developing The National Forest has been launched. The launch event celebrated the strong position of the Forest as it enters its next phase, a period of laying down the legacy and making the most of what has been created.

National Forest launch presentation
Read More: National Forest Strategy 2014 – 2024
Read More: Coming of age: The National Forest 2014 - 2024

See the films shown at the event:
2020Vision The National Forest - More than just some trees
The National Forest - Lives Transformed
Dan Rogerson MP - Minister for Forestry

Woodland Creation

two leaves illustration

The National Forest Company offers a range of unique funding schemes designed to encourage tree planting and the creation of wildlife habitats within the Forest's 200 square miles.

Read more: Creating Woodlands

The NFC is encouraging woodland owners to look after their woods with a new Woodland Management Programme.

Read more: Woodland Management Programme




17 Sep 2014

Dean & Smedley Fun Run Raises £1,200 to Help Environmental Education in The National Forest

National Forest sponsor Dean & Smedley Family Pharmacies raised £1,200 from their successful Fun Run held at Rosliston Forestry Centre in the summer. Nearly one hundred people signed up to take on either the four-mile Fun Run or the gentle one mile woodland walk.

27 Aug 2014

Spirits were undampened at the tenth anniversary National Forest Wood Fair

Two thousand visitors enjoyed the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire, on Bank Holiday Monday. Despite the rain, spirits remained undampened and everyone enjoyed the quality wood products, lumberjack displays, chainsaw carvers, horse logging and tree climbing.

08 Aug 2014

Visitors Asked to Go Potty and Recycle

Vitax, National Forest Wood Fair sponsor and garden and horticulture specialists, are encouraging all visitors to this year's National Forest Wood Fair to bring their plastic pots in for recycling in exchange for Grow Pots - a product from its popular biodegradables range.

Find more articles: News



20 Sep 2014

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

22ndAugust 1485 a battle rages, King Richard III is defeated, Henry is crowned and the Tudor dynasty is born. Visit the award-winning exhibition and follow the King into battle, walk the Bosworth trail or simply enjoy a coffee in the medieval Tithe Barn restaurant.

21 Sep 2014

Donington le Heath Manor House

Coalville, Leicestershire

Visit this lovely 13thCentury manor house and enjoy the 17thCentury garden, exciting living history and hands-on events, and find out more about living in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times. Assistance dogs only.

Find more: Events


01 Sep 2014

The National Forest Wood Fair in the rain

It was a blessing it hadn’t rained in the night. But 6am arrived and the first spots started. I bravely tweeted “Come and walk the National Forest Way in the dry!” - referring to the miniature version of the route we had laid out in the shelter of our marquee - and set off to the site.

14 May 2014

May is a beautiful time to walk the newest long distance trail in England!

I finally finished walking the trail last weekend. As Media Relations Officer I like to know what I’m talking about and I wanted to get a feel for the trail as a whole.

Find more: Blog

Where is The National Forest?

map of The National Forest

The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the English Midlands across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

Loads to see and do

Loads to see and do

On our Visit and Explore site you can find out about all the different things to see and do within the National Forest whether you are organising a school trip or booking a weekend away.

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Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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The National Forest Shop

Celebrate any occasion with our range of great gift ideas.

tree illustration

Plant a Tree Gift
Buy now (Price £25.00)


OS Explorer Map

OS Explorer Map
Buy now (Price £8.50 inc. P&P)