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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 teamed up with BBC Breakfast to create the BBC Breakfast Woodland, as part of their Wild Britain feature.

See The National Forest on BBC Breakfast here.

My National Forest: tell us what you love about The National Forest. Post images, video or contribute to our blog here.

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



21 Mar 2017

National Forest Company Welcomes EFRA Committee Report on Forestry in England

The National Forest Company today welcomed the publication of the EFRA Committee Report on Forestry in England: Seeing the Wood for the Trees.

21 Mar 2017

Bluebell Business Blooms as Part of 'Forest Life'

Lodge Hill Bluebells, formerly the Bluebell Woods at Yoxall Lodge, opens in April and will offer bluebell walking trails through 20 acres of mature woodland, a pop-up café, lawn games and plenty of space for families to enjoy time together. Itís the latest business to sign up to The National Forestís Ďforestlifeí campaign.

10 Mar 2017

Tourism Businesses in The National Forest Look to an Ambitious Future

Ambitious plans to drive continued growth in the tourism sector were announced at The National Forest Tourism Business Forum at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire this week.

Find more articles: News



30 Apr 2017

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 May 2017

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?

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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Read more: The Growing Forest

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