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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.



National Forest Company secures charitable status


Announcing that the NFC has been awarded charitable status, Chief Executive John Everitt said: “This is a major milestone for the National Forest Company and sets us up for the next 25 years of The National Forest project. We will continue to be at the forefront of environmental regeneration, and moving to charitable status will enable us to be more entrepreneurial, innovative and flexible in our work.”

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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




11 May 2016

Can the Ash Tree Survive Ash Die Back? A Living Ash Trial Created in The National Forest

A trial to look for potential tolerance to ash dieback in different varieties of ash has been created by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, on land owned by the National Forest Company (NFC) in The National Forest near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

04 May 2016

The National Forest Company Secures Charitable Status and Announces a New Partnership with Forest Holidays

The National Forest Company (NFC), the body charged by government to lead the creation of The National Forest, has formally received charitable status and today announces the signing of a new partnership with Forest Holidays.

04 Apr 2016

Leading the way: world traveller offsets a lifetime of travel with donation to The National Forest

Stewart Wills is a man who has spent his life travelling the world. Conscious that many hundreds of flights had stacked up a significant amount of 'carbon debt', he was inspired by articles in the press at the time of the Climate Change Conference in Paris last year, to contact the National Forest Company (NFC) and discuss making a personal donation.

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25 Jun 2016

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.

01 Jul 2016

National Memorial Arboretum

Alrewas, Staffordshire

Featuring over 300 thought provoking memorials, along with a varied programme of activities and events there's lots for everyone to explore, discover and remember at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Find more: Events


04 Apr 2016

25th anniversary blog: #1

I had the good fortune to sit down with Susan Bell OBE recently and talk about the early days of The National Forest, for the first of a series of films we will be making to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest.

29 May 2015

Green business is good business

New CEO at the National Forest Company, John Everitt discusses how The National Forest pioneered the use of the environment at a landscape scale to lead social and economic regeneration, and now is the time to take the business community on a similar journey. "We can demonstrate that the Forest can also be an exemplary business development project, investing in our natural capital while improving the local economy."

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.

Statistical Information

Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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