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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



04 Jul 2017

New bird hide at National Forest Cycle Centre

Local Brownies, a Scout troop and local people gathered recently with funders and supporters at Hicks Lodge, between Ashby de la Zouch and Moira village, for the launch of a new bird hide.

26 May 2017

Forest Holidays supports The National Forest

The National Forest Company was delighted to receive a cheque for £17,190, presented as a charitable donation by Moira-based Forest Holidays at a recent event to mark the first anniversary of the two companies working together.

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.

Find more articles: News



05 Aug 2017

Greenwood Days

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

One of the countries leading centres for teaching traditional hand crafts. In our woodland workshop we run 1-7 day courses, family days, parties, school visits, team-building activities and more.

10 Aug 2017

Catton Estate

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Catton Hall, built in 1745 has a fascinating history, and still privately owned, retains its original collection of pictures and furniture. The grounds are available to hire for all types of public events, and the Hall, for small corporate or private groups.

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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