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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 Way

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



Coming of Age: The National Forest Strategy 2014 - 2024


The new strategy for creating and developing The National Forest has been launched. The launch event celebrated the strong position of the Forest as it enters its next phase, a period of laying down the legacy and making the most of what has been created.

National Forest launch presentation
Read More: National Forest Strategy 2014 Ė 2024
Read More: Coming of age: The National Forest 2014 - 2024

See the films shown at the event:
2020Vision The National Forest - More than just some trees
The National Forest - Lives Transformed
Dan Rogerson MP - Minister for Forestry

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




17 Feb 2015

At home with history, for the launch of the 2015 National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide

The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide for 2015 was launched at the National Trustís newly opened Arts and Crafts cottage, Stoneywell, earlier this week.

11 Feb 2015

Spring moments in The National Forest

Bottle-feed tiny lambs, explore dazzling bluebell woods, enjoy festivals galore Ė here are ten inspiring ideas for a spring visit to the National Forest & Beyond!

03 Feb 2015

The National Forest is Partner in National Research

The National Forest Company is a partner in a national research project to investigate the factors that make woodlands function well as part of a resilient, wildlife-friendly landscape.

Find more articles: News



02 Mar 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.

04 Mar 2015

Snibston

Coalville, Leicestershire

Discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our lives at this award-winning interactive museum. From the earliest mining tools, proto-type jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London – there is plenty to explore. Assistance dogs only.

Find more: Events


04 Feb 2015

Snowdrop signature

You know those email signatures we all create for a little extra promotion? We donít usually expect to receive compliments on our sign-offs, but for February we chose a stunning image of winter snowdrops at Dimminsdale Nature reserve, and itís getting a great reaction.

09 Jan 2015

First reflections

John Everitt, newly in post as Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, shares his first thoughts on arriving at the Forest.

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.

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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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