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Tree growing amongst grassland and new woodland

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


29 Sep 2016

Forest Holidays team builds bug hotels with The National Forest Company

Forest Holidaysí staff recently took part in a Woodland Management Day with their partners, the National Forest Company. The partnership was forged six months ago between the two companies who are both based in Moira, Leicestershire, with the common aim of helping to ensure that our forests are healthy, sustainable and wildlife-friendly environments, protected today and for future generations.

27 Sep 2016

Opportunities for using wood as fuel in The National Forest

The National Forest Company (NFC) has commissioned a survey into the interest and opportunities for using and supplying wood as a fuel in The National Forest.

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28 Oct 2016


Swadlincote, Derbyshire

CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of The National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours.

29 Oct 2016

The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath

Coalville, Leicestershire

A picturesque 13th century house with a newly refurbished 17th century interior and set in 17th century style gardens. Explore the furnished rooms and discover life in Jacobean Leicestershire.

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28 Oct 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger, Part 3!

Volunteer ranger and NFC employee, Carla Robinson, continues with her efforts on the National Forest Way

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!

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