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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.

National Forest Company celebrates 20th anniversary

"It was all faith, it is now a reality. This is really quite an emotional day." Rodney Swarbrick CBE DL served as the first NFC Chairman from 1995 - 2001 and spoke warmly of the early days of the Forest, and of his delight at the progress that has been achieved, at a recent event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Forest Company.

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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 Nov 2015

Reabrook Shows the Way for Local Horse Riders

Over the last five years, local business Reabrook Ltd has supported the National Forest Company (NFC) in developing the attractive woodland and parkland landscape at Boothorpe, near its headquarters in Moira.

19 Oct 2015

Woodland creation grants now available in The National Forest

As The National Forest approaches its first quarter century in 2016, there are still opportunities for landowners to take advantage of grant schemes available through the National Forest Company (NFC) to help create a legacy for themselves, their families and the nation.

14 Oct 2015

Visitor Numbers to The National Forest Grow to 7.8m

Official tourism figures commissioned by the National Forest Company reveal that more people are coming to visit The National Forest - and that they are spending significantly more while they are here.

Find more articles: News

27 Nov 2015

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

22nd August 1485 a battle rages, King Richard III is defeated, Henry is crowned and the Tudor dynasty is born. Visit the award-winning exhibition and follow the King into battle, walk the Bosworth trail or simply enjoy a coffee in the medieval Tithe Barn restaurant.

27 Nov 2015

Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Family fun Sno-Tubing, Creta Run Toboggan and Viper Slide. We also offer Ski and Snowboard lessons. The Alpine Lodge is available daily for snacks as well as for private hire.

Find more: Events

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."

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.

The New National Forest Way

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

Statistical Information

Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest


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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