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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.

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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




16 Jul 2015

National Forest Company celebrates 20 years and hits 20 per cent forest cover

Ambassadors for The National Forest joined directors and staff to celebrate 20 years of the National Forest Company.

26 Jun 2015

Woodland flowers in Foxley Wood thanks to National Forest Company grant

The Woodland Trust has made improvements to Foxley Wood, one of its key woodlands in The National Forest, close to the village of Linton, in South Derbyshire. Trees have been thinned and undergrowth removed, and local users of the wood are already benefiting from the work which was carried out with assistance from the National Forest Company (NFC).

26 Jun 2015

Last call for 'School in a Garden' competition

Vitax, sponsor of this yearís National Forest Wood Fair, is urging schools within The National Forest catchment area to ensure their entries to its ĎSchool in a Gardení drawing competition arrive in time as the deadline fast approaches.

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04 Aug 2015

Rosliston Forestry Centre

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Woodland Walks, indoor and outdoor play, cycle hire, fishing, gift shop, ABC Crafts and restaurant - there's something for everyone at Rosliston Forestry Centre.  There are education programmes, birds of prey, archery, woodland laser and laser clay shooting (pre-booking neccesary).

04 Aug 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.

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.

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Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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