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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



19 Sep 2017

Green growth in The National Forest - Tourism Growth Plan for the Forest targets 700 new jobs over next ten years

Ambitious plans to drive continued growth in the tourism sector were launched in The National Forest this week.

22 Aug 2017

Local schoolchildren to help plant more trees in the National Forest

Thousands more trees will be planted in the National Forest this coming winter, thanks to landowners applying to the National Forest Companyís Changing Landscapesí Scheme.

16 Aug 2017

Invitation to tender for Rosliston Forestry Centre

An invitation to tender for the management of popular tourist attraction Rosliston Forestry Centre, one of the major facilities in The National Forest, has been issued by South Derbyshire District Council on behalf of the Rosliston Forestry Centre Executive, which is responsible for the development of the site.

Find more articles: News



27 Sep 2017

The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath

Coalville, Leicestershire

A picturesque 13th century house with a newly refurbished 17th century interior and set in 17th century style gardens. Explore the furnished rooms and discover life in Jacobean Leicestershire.

30 Sep 2017

Century Theatre

Coalville, Leicestershire

The unique Century Theatre seats 206 people and plays host to a range of fantastic theatrical performances, hilarious stand-up comedy, live music and up to the minute cinema releases.

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?

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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 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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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

OS Explorer Map
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