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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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31 Aug 2016

Winning Schemes Plant More Trees in The National Forest

Four new woodland creation schemes have been awarded funding through the National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme this year.

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.

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29 Sep 2016

Century Theatre

Coalville, Leicestershire

The unique Century Theatre seats 206 people and plays host to a range of fantastic theatrical performances, hilarious stand-up comedy, live music and up to the minute cinema releases.

01 Oct 2016

Greenwood Days

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

One of the countries leading centres for teaching traditional hand crafts. In our woodland workshop we run 1-7 day courses, family days, parties, school visits, team-building activities and more.

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03 Aug 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 2!

Carla Robinson, one of the team at the National Forest Company, finally gets out on the trail!

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.

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