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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 2014-15

The implementation of the 2014-2024 Strategy for The National Forest begins with the Business Plan for 2014-15. 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. Key priorities to make the most of the green investment created so far and secure it for future generations are set out as follows:

  • An investment programme for the visitor economy, the woodland economy and skills and employability.
  • 200 landowners involved in learning how to look after their woodlands.
  • 500 hectares of woodland brought into management.
  • A new programme for community engagement.
  • The National Forest Company to become a charity as well as part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Read more: Business Plan 2014 (2.96mb)


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13 Oct 2014

Demand for Grown in Britain Timber Increases

The National Forest Company welcomes Grown in Britain Week. Grown in Britain brings together everyone who values our forests, woods and trees and the products we can make from the wood they produce.

08 Oct 2014

New opportunity for people in Leicestershire to help create The National Forest

A new woodland is about to be created in The National Forest and the National Forest Company is hoping the people of Leicester and Leicestershire will get involved and help it take shape.

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24 Oct 2014

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

22ndAugust 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.

24 Oct 2014

National Forest Adventure Farm

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Enjoy a day of adventure whatever the weather! Feed the animals, explore the Funfield, take a tractor and trailer ride, have fun in the Playbarn. Navigate the huge 10-acre Maize Maze during summer.

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01 Sep 2014

The National Forest Wood Fair in the rain

It was a blessing it hadn’t rained in the night. But 6am arrived and the first spots started. I bravely tweeted “Come and walk the National Forest Way in the dry!” - referring to the miniature version of the route we had laid out in the shelter of our marquee - and set off to the site.

14 May 2014

May is a beautiful time to walk the newest long distance trail in England!

I finally finished walking the trail last weekend. As Media Relations Officer I like to know what I’m talking about and I wanted to get a feel for the trail as a whole.

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