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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.

The New National Forest Woodfair

Join us at Beacon Hill Country Park on Monday 31 August for the National Forest Wood Fair - a wonderful celebration of trees, timber and beautiful wood products.



National Forest Company celebrates 20th anniversary


"It was all faith, it is now a reality. This is really quite an emotional day." Rodney Swarbrick CBE DL served as the first NFC Chairman from 1995 - 2001 and spoke warmly of the early days of the Forest, and of his delight at the progress that has been achieved, at a recent event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Forest Company.

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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




01 Sep 2015

All smiles at the National Forest Wood Fair

It may have been wet but it definitely wasn’t a washout at the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park on Monday. Visitors turned out in their thousands for this popular event, an annual celebration of The National Forest and all things tree and timber related.

26 Aug 2015

100th woodland management plan in The National Forest

The 100th woodland management plan in The National Forest has been approved by the Forestry Commission, the UK governing body for forestry.

19 Aug 2015

'Come bye': See locally made Shepherd's Huts at the National Forest Wood Fair

Swadlincote man Brian Corten has developed a niche business producing shepherd’s huts using timber sourced from within The National Forest. Based in The National Forest, he will taking one of his stylish huts to display at the National Forest Wood Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday.

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01 Sep 2015

Sharpe's Pottery Museum & Coffee Shop

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Explore this award winning pottery site, exhibiting internationally important pottery and sanitary ware, plus The National Forest story. Visit the Tourist Information Centre, café, gift shop, playzone and activities for all.

02 Sep 2015

Oakthorpe Picnic Site

Oakthorpe, Leicestershire

A 3ha picnic site on the site of the former Oakthorpe Colliery.

Find more: Events


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."

24 Apr 2015

Spring and other seasonal delights

One of our Admin Officers, Carla, has been holed up at home, having broken her wrist a while ago. She's been musing on the seasons through her sitting room window...

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 New National Forest Way

The new National Forest Way takes walkers through the length and breadth of this changing landscape.

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Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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The National Forest Shop

Celebrate any occasion with our range of great gift ideas.

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Plant a Tree Gift
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OS Explorer Map
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