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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 2016-17

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12 Feb 2018

New e-bike holiday company signs up to support the National Forest

A new e-bike holiday company, recently opened in the National Forest, is the latest business to sign up to the National Forest Company’s ‘forestlife’ campaign.

23 Jan 2018

New National Forest Festival 'Timber' announces first wave of programme

Major new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests has started to reveal its programme of artists, performers and areas festival goers will adventure through for its inaugural edition this July. Highlights include a keynote address from Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterby’s new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

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21 Feb 2018

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Market Bosworth, Warwickshire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

24 Feb 2018

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Market Bosworth, Warwickshire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

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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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