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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.



Celebrating 25 years of The National Forest


25th Anniversary of The National Forest

From the original vision to create a forest for the nation, The National Forest is shaping up beautifully to fulfil its promise of transforming lives, the landscape and the economy.

Read our 25th anniversary report

Watch our short film

Read John Vidal in The Observer

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




26 Jul 2016

New Woodland Management Award for Top Quality Work in The National Forest

The National Forest Company (NFC) has established a new Woodland Management Award to recognise examples of outstanding woodland management taking place within the 200 square miles of the Forest.

19 Jul 2016

Make your hedge stand out with a free hedgerow pack from the National Forest Company and the Woodland Trust

Free hedgerow trees are available to landowners within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, to help combat the threats from a variety of pests and diseases to valuable mature trees that feature in our landscape.

08 Jul 2016

'My National Forest': Help create a snapshot of The National Forest in its 25th year

The National Forest turns 25 in 2016 and the National Forest Company (NFC) is inviting everyone who lives or works in – or visits – The National Forest, to help create a snapshot of the Forest. Everyone is invited to send in images, video, music or words and share what the Forest means to them.

Find more articles: News



10 Sep 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.

17 Sep 2016

The Gardener's Bothy

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

An independant garden store and rural craft workshop in the corner of the former walled garden on the Staunton Harold Estate, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. It is the shop for Cameron, Forest and Garden.

Find more: Events


03 Aug 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 2!

Carla Robinson, one of the team at the National Forest Company, finally gets out on the trail!

27 Jul 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 1!

Carla Robinson, Administration Officer with the National Forest Company, talks about why she was drawn to be a ranger 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.

Statistical Information

Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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