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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 May 2017

Forest Holidays supports The National Forest

The National Forest Company was delighted to receive a cheque for £17,190, presented as a charitable donation by Moira-based Forest Holidays at a recent event to mark the first anniversary of the two companies working together.

21 Mar 2017

Bluebell Business Blooms as Part of 'Forest Life'

Lodge Hill Bluebells, formerly the Bluebell Woods at Yoxall Lodge, opens in April and will offer bluebell walking trails through 20 acres of mature woodland, a pop-up café, lawn games and plenty of space for families to enjoy time together. It’s the latest business to sign up to The National Forest’s ‘forestlife’ campaign.

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01 Jul 2017

Woodland Survival Crafts

Coalville, Leicestershire

Quality Bushcraft courses for families, schools, outdoor professionals and businesses from one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft in the UK.

10 Jul 2017

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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17 Jan 2017

Help Shape the Future of Leicestershire's Volcano

Charnwood Forest Regional Park, one of the most iconic parts of The National Forest, is the focus of a new landscape partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

10 Jan 2017

All's well that ends well...

As we all start the year planning our big - and smaller - adventures for 2017, enjoy this blog from a couple of the National Forest Way rangers. Maxine and Chris improvise their way through a field of cows: they know how it should be done, but we read how they actually manage, with hilarious results. Overall, a message about being wary enough but not letting it stop you having a good walk. Happy walking this year, everyone!

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