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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.



Timber - international forest festival


Timber Forest Festival

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with award-winning festival producers Wild Rumpus, as we launch the only international forest festival in the UK.

Timber will take place from 6 to 8 July 2018

Read more: Brand new festival 'Timber' launches in the National Forest

News of Timber in The Guardian

Wild Rumpus talk about the partnership at the launch of our Tourism Growth Plan

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



23 Nov 2017

Forest Holidays team work out in the National Forest

Team members from Forest Holidays, one of the National Forest Companyís partner organisations, spent the day out in the National Forest recently, helping with woodland management tasks and finding out about how communities are helping to manage their local woodlands.

03 Nov 2017

Charnwood Forest awarded National Lottery support

Charnwood Forest has been successful in a £2.75m grant bid for initial support by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme, it was announced today.

01 Nov 2017

Brand new festival 'Timber' launches in the National Forest

An international forest festival exploring the transformative impact of forests, Timber is an extraordinary new festival where music, art, philosophy and sustainability will weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britainís boldest environmental projects.

Find more articles: News



16 Dec 2017

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.

16 Dec 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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