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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 non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The National Forest Company:

  • Attracts and uses resources for ambitious and imaginative Forest creation that is sensitive to the landscape and environment.
  • Provides the setting for new businesses, recreation, tourism and an improved quality of life
  • Enhances wildlife and biodiversity.

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 2015-16

The implementation of the 2014-2024 Strategy for The National Forest continues with the Business Plan for 2015-16. Through the Business Plan, new ways will be tested to generate income for the Forest, doing 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: Business Plan 2015 (1.34mb)


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11 May 2016

Can the Ash Tree Survive Ash Die Back? A Living Ash Trial Created in The National Forest

A trial to look for potential tolerance to ash dieback in different varieties of ash has been created by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, on land owned by the National Forest Company (NFC) in The National Forest near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

04 May 2016

The National Forest Company Secures Charitable Status and Announces a New Partnership with Forest Holidays

The National Forest Company (NFC), the body charged by government to lead the creation of The National Forest, has formally received charitable status and today announces the signing of a new partnership with Forest Holidays.

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01 Jul 2016

National Memorial Arboretum

Alrewas, Staffordshire

Featuring over 300 thought provoking memorials, along with a varied programme of activities and events there's lots for everyone to explore, discover and remember at the National Memorial Arboretum.

01 Jul 2016

Catton Estate

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Catton Hall, built in 1745 has a fascinating history, and still privately owned, retains its original collection of pictures and furniture. The grounds are available to hire for all types of public events, and the Hall, for small corporate or private groups.

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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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