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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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19 Jul 2016

Make your hedge stand out with a free hedgerow pack from the National Forest Company and the Woodland Trust

Free hedgerow trees are available to landowners within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, to help combat the threats from a variety of pests and diseases to valuable mature trees that feature in our landscape.

08 Jul 2016

'My National Forest': Help create a snapshot of The National Forest in its 25th year

The National Forest turns 25 in 2016 and the National Forest Company (NFC) is inviting everyone who lives or works in or visits The National Forest, to help create a snapshot of the Forest. Everyone is invited to send in images, video, music or words and share what the Forest means to them.

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30 Jul 2016

Field Sport UK

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Award winning outdoor activity centre, based in the Midlands. Set in a beautiful woodland offering various shooting activities and countryside pursuits.

31 Jul 2016

Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Contact Hicks Lodge directly on 01530 274533. Hicks Lodge, which is owned by the Forestry Commission,is a fantastic day out forthe whole family - from budding cyclists to the more confident. Set in beautiful young woodland at the heart of The National Forest, it has been designed with the whole family in mind with a variety oftrails to explore.Brilliant fun!

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04 Apr 2016

25th anniversary blog: #1

I had the good fortune to sit down with Susan Bell OBE recently and talk about the early days of The National Forest, for the first of a series of films we will be making to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest.

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."

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