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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 – 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




22 Apr 2015

Astro Camp 2015: Blast off for the Space Race Challenge at The Dandelion Hideaway

The National Space Centre has teamed up with glamorous camping specialist The Dandelion Hideaway to offer a unique Space Race experience. Camp out under the stars for an evening of family astronomy, workshops and craft sessions.

20 Apr 2015

The National Forest's Black to Green project secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment

The National Forest Company and its partners in the Heart of the Forest Forum have been awarded £770,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the innovative Black to Green project.

09 Apr 2015

Tree crate carpenters get to work at Reabrook event in The National Forest

National Forest sponsor Reabrook Limited gathered saws, hammers and spades for a day out in the woods with employees and their families recently. Staff were invited to help put the finishing touches to the company's sponsored woodland at Boothorpe, a few hundred yards from the company's buildings at Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch.

Find more articles: News



28 Apr 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.

29 Apr 2015

Donisthorpe Woodland Park

Donisthorpe, Leicestershire

A Woodland Park created in 1996 on the former site of Donisthorpe Colliery. Its network of stone surfaced paths connect with the Ashby Woulds trail and the Ashby Canal.

Find more: Events


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?

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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