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The National Forest Company was established in April 1995 and is responsible, through partnership working, for the delivery of the National Forest Strategy.

It is a charitable company (charity number 1166563), limited by guarantee whose members are the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the National Forest Company Chair and two independent representatives. The Company is governed by its Article of Association and overseen by its Board of Trustees.

The Company receives funding to assist in the delivery of the National Forest Strategy from its sponsor department, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), as well as raising additional income from a range of sources.

The National Forest Company is a small, enabling body that works in partnership with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It works closely with the National Forest Charitable Trust (formerly the Heart of the National Forest Foundation), to maximise income for the Forest.

25 Years and Counting

The National Forest celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. With more than 8.5 million trees planted, creating more than 7,000 ha of new habitats, woodland cover across the Forest area has increased from around 6% to 20%. In its 25 years, the Forest has also seen a 48% increase in the value of the tourism economy, creating new jobs especially those linked with new wood related businesses and the visitor economy. The developing Forest has also helped to transform the lives of communities with more than 80% of all Forest created having public access and more than 550,000 children having enjoyed environmental education sessions.

Annual Report 2015-16

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26 Jul 2016

New Woodland Management Award for Top Quality Work in The National Forest

The National Forest Company (NFC) has established a new Woodland Management Award to recognise examples of outstanding woodland management taking place within the 200 square miles of the Forest.

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.

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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!

06 Aug 2016

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Enjoy the impressive ruins of a medieval manor house turned castle. Climb the huge 24 metre Great Tower, tiptoe through the underground tunnel and explore the undulating grounds.

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27 Jul 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 1!

Carla Robinson, Administration Officer with the National Forest Company, talks about why she was drawn to be a ranger on the National Forest Way.

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.

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