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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.



25th Anniversary of The National Forest : My National Forest


25th Anniversary of The National Forest

Share with us what the Forest means to you – post your pictures, video, music or stories to My National Forest.


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Woodland Creation

two leaves illustration

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




19 Jul 2016

Make your hedge stand out with a free hedgerow pack from the National Forest Company and the Woodland Trust

Free hedgerow trees are available to landowners within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, to help combat the threats from a variety of pests and diseases to valuable mature trees that feature in our landscape.

08 Jul 2016

'My National Forest': Help create a snapshot of The National Forest in its 25th year

The National Forest turns 25 in 2016 and the National Forest Company (NFC) is inviting everyone who lives or works in – or visits – The National Forest, to help create a snapshot of the Forest. Everyone is invited to send in images, video, music or words and share what the Forest means to them.

04 Jul 2016

New Woodland Planting: Creating a Resilient Forest

As The National Forest celebrates its 25th anniversary, James Latham Limited has announced an increase in its ongoing support for the National Forest Company (NFC), the organisation that works to create and look after The National Forest.

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30 Jul 2016

Field Sport UK

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Award winning outdoor activity centre, based in the Midlands. Set in a beautiful woodland offering various shooting activities and countryside pursuits.

31 Jul 2016

Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Contact Hicks Lodge directly on 01530 274533. Hicks Lodge, which is owned by the Forestry Commission,is a fantastic day out forthe whole family - from budding cyclists to the more confident. Set in beautiful young woodland at the heart of The National Forest, it has been designed with the whole family in mind with a variety oftrails to explore.Brilliant fun!

Find more: Events


04 Apr 2016

25th anniversary blog: #1

I had the good fortune to sit down with Susan Bell OBE recently and talk about the early days of The National Forest, for the first of a series of films we will be making to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest.

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."

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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.

Statistical Information

Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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