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The National Forest Company leads the creation of The National Forest, a new, wooded landscape for the nation across 200 square miles of central England. The National Forest Company was established by Government in April 1995. It is a charity and Non-Profit Institution within the Public Sector, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The National Forest Company:

  • Supports Forest creation and management to provide a resilient environment
  • Encourages activities and facilities to promote Forest related businesses, recreation and tourism
  • Engages communities in the Forest to improve wellbeing and quality of life

The National Forest Company leads through working partnerships with landowners, businesses, public, private and voluntary organisations and local communities to fulfil the shared vision for the Forest. It promotes the widest possible participation in and enjoyment of the Forest.

As the Forest matures, the Company promotes at international, national and local levels the experience and knowledge emerging from this inspiring and ambitious project.

The Business Plan 2016-17

The implementation of the 2014-2024 Strategy for The National Forest continues with the Business Plan for 2016-17. Through the Business Plan, new ways will be tested to generate income for the Forest, doing further forest creation and even more in managing the woodlands and evolving how the Company is organised for the future. The Plan gives more information on our key priorities to make the most of the green investment created so far and secure it for future generations.

Read more: The Business Plan 2016-17 (6mb)


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22 Dec 2017

New Year's Resolutions to help you have your best year ever in the National Forest

Why not make 2018 your year for positive resolutions, and make the most of the National Forest to help you get fitter, more creative and get more out of life.

12 Dec 2017

Visitor numbers top 8 million for the first time

New research reveals that nearly 8.2 million visitors came to the National Forest in 2016, and that tourism spend has now reached £395.2m, sustaining 4,849 FTE jobs.

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26 Jan 2018

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.

28 Jan 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.

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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!

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