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



Celebrating 25 years of The National Forest


25th Anniversary of The National Forest

We've teamed up with BBC Breakfast to create the Breakfast Woodland, as part of their recent Wild Britain series.


Watch the Forest featured on BBC Breakfast:
Tuesday 6 September.
Wednesday 7 September.

Read our 25th anniversary report

Watch our short film

Read John Vidal in The Observer

Woodland Creation

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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




05 Dec 2016

First National Forest Woodlands Awards presented at an awards ceremony at Staunton Harold

The inaugural National Forest Woodland Awards were presented by Sir William Worsley, Chair of the National Forest Company, at an event held at Staunton Harold Hall, near Ashby de la Zouch.

01 Nov 2016

The Silver Circuit: National Forest Company launches new walk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest

As part of The National Forestís 25th anniversary celebrations, the National Forest Company has launched a new walk through some of the most picturesque parts of the Forest on the Derbyshire Staffordshire border.

29 Sep 2016

Forest Holidays team builds bug hotels with The National Forest Company

Forest Holidaysí staff recently took part in a Woodland Management Day with their partners, the National Forest Company. The partnership was forged six months ago between the two companies who are both based in Moira, Leicestershire, with the common aim of helping to ensure that our forests are healthy, sustainable and wildlife-friendly environments, protected today and for future generations.

Find more articles: News



10 Dec 2016

National Forest Adventure Farm

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A day of adventure awaits, whatever the weather. You can meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and have fun in the huge indoor play area.

17 Dec 2016

Mercia Marina

Willington, Derbyshire

A multi-awarded conservation park and visitor attraction in Derbyshire. Easily accessible and free entry and parking offering quality shops, eateries, walks and wildlife against the backdrop of 25 acre lake.

Find more: Events


01 Dec 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 5!

Carla posts her final blog and reflects on the role so far.

30 Nov 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger, Part 4!

NFC employee, Carla Robinson, continues her volunteering on the National Forest Way.

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.


The National Forest Way

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

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Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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