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Young Oak tree amongst grassland

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.


National Forest Company Priorities 2013

Spades at the ready!

Creating the Forest remains a priority and the Changing Landscapes Scheme offers generous support, alongside other planting schemes. Approaches to woodland management are being developed. The Delivery Plan provides direction to 2014 and significant leisure, health and tourism developments are being progressed.

The National Forest Delivery Plan to 2014

Wildflower meadow at Billa Barra, Leicestershire

The National Forest's plan to 2014 has been published, after extensive consultation. Carrying on planting, making the most of what we've got and letting more people know more about the Forest are key messages.

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19 Mar 2014

Appointments to the Board of the National Forest Company

Defra Minister, Dan Rogerson, has confirmed reappointments to the Board of the National Forest Company (NFC). Catherine Graham-Harrison OBE has been reappointed as Chair for a further two years from April 2014 whilst Roger Clarke has been reappointed as a Non-executive Director for a further two years. Both were appointed to the Board in April 2011 for a three year term of office.

14 Mar 2014

News release: National Forest sponsor Reabrook completes woodland planting and looks to management

National Forest sponsor Reabrook welcomed over one hundred customers, colleagues, friends and families to the young woodland site it is developing with the National Forest Company, in Moira, Leicestershire - and invited them to help out with tree planting!

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25 Apr 2014

Snibston

Coalville, Leicestershire

Discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our lives at this award-winning interactive museum. From the earliest mining tools, proto-type jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London – there is plenty to explore. Assistance dogs only.

26 Apr 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.

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14 Mar 2014

The sound of chainsaws

Out and about in The National Forest at the weekend? If youíre headed for your local woodland, donít panic if you hear the sound of chainsaws!

27 Jan 2014

'Just Passing By' and wassailing

Sophie and Carol visited Snibston and Donisthorpe over the weekend and shared some great community life in the Forest.

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