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The National Forest

The National Forest has been transforming 200 square miles of central England for over 25 years, demonstrating the power of trees to transform lives, the landscape and the economy.



Ecotricity supports the National Forest

Britainís greenest energy company, Ecotricity, is joining forces with the National Forest Company to support the development of the National Forest and encourage people to switch to green energy.

The company is also partnering with the NFC to support Timber, the new international forest festival taking place in the Forest this summer.

Read more: Ecotricity supports the National Forest

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



18 May 2018

Beautiful book, looking for a good home: the National Forest Company sends award-winning book The Lost Words to every school in the National Forest

Schools throughout the 200 square miles of the National Forest will be on the look-out next week for the arrival of The Lost Words, an enchanting book celebrating the natural world.

20 Apr 2018

Lodge Hill bluebells in the National Forest given an even greater wow factor this year

As Lodge Hill Bluebells opens to the public on Friday, it will have an even greater wow factor thanks to a woodland management grant from the National Forest Company (NFC).

10 Apr 2018

Ecotricity to support the development of the National Forest through new partnership

Britain's greenest energy company, Ecotricity, is joining forces with the National Forest Company to support the development of England's first large-scale forest to be created in a thousand years and encourage people to switch to green energy.

Find more articles: News



24 May 2018

Ashby de la Zouch and Ticknall

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Pass through the land of Ivanhoe to visit stately homes, historic deer parks and woodlands full of wildlife.

26 May 2018

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Market Bosworth, Warwickshire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

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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