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The National Forest

The National Forest has been transforming 200 square miles of central England for over 25 years, demonstrating the power of trees to transform lives, the landscape and the economy.



Ecotricity supports the National Forest

Britainís greenest energy company, Ecotricity, is joining forces with the National Forest Company to support the development of the National Forest and encourage people to switch to green energy.

The company is also partnering with the NFC to support Timber, the new international forest festival taking place in the Forest this summer.

Read more: Ecotricity supports the National Forest

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



15 Aug 2018

National Forest residents urged to secure discounted super early bird tickets for Timber Festival 2019 before they take flight

All who live within the National Forest have the opportunity to secure the best possible prices for tickets for next yearís National Forest Timber festival. Super Early Bird tickets are currently on sale, for a limited time, plus residents of the National Forest also receive an additional discount of 25%.

31 Jul 2018

Timber Festival in the National Forest a Tremendous Success

The inaugural Timber festival in the National Forest met with great applause and enthusiasm when it took place in Feanedock Woods near Ashby earlier this month.

12 Jun 2018

Forest Holidays proudly supports the inaugural National Forest Timber Festival

Long-term supporter of the National Forest, Forest Holidays will be supporting the first Timber Festival as a principle partner.

Find more articles: News



21 Aug 2018

Coal Tips to Country Parks

Thornton, Leicestershire

The route passes through former coal mining sites which have now been transformed into woodlands and country parks, and by the picturesque Thornton reservoir.

22 Aug 2018

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Market Bosworth, Warwickshire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

Find more: Events


17 Jan 2017

Help Shape the Future of Leicestershire's Volcano

Charnwood Forest Regional Park, one of the most iconic parts of The National Forest, is the focus of a new landscape partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

10 Jan 2017

All's well that ends well...

As we all start the year planning our big - and smaller - adventures for 2017, enjoy this blog from a couple of the National Forest Way rangers. Maxine and Chris improvise their way through a field of cows: they know how it should be done, but we read how they actually manage, with hilarious results. Overall, a message about being wary enough but not letting it stop you having a good walk. Happy walking this year, everyone!

Find more: Blog

Where is The National Forest?

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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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Read more: The Growing Forest

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