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Head of Forestry
Burton Upon Trent / Ashby de la Zouch
Salary range: £34,490 to £40,000 per annum

The National Forest is one of the country’s most highly respected forestry and sustainable development projects. It is embarking on its next decade with forest cover at nearly 20%, trebled from the outset, a strong management programme, and a developing woodland economy. It enjoys exceptional national and local support.

We now have an opportunity for a multi-skilled forestry professional with rounded experience to take the forestry lead in this unique project. You will have the opportunity to continue to drive forest creation, deliver a collaborative woodland management programme across hundreds of sites and push forward the woodland economy.

You will be excited by working in a multidisciplinary team, pioneering the role of forestry in regeneration, from tourism and farm diversification to wildlife and community wellbeing. You will be an excellent team leader and innovator, able to develop and deliver large-scale funded programmes.

Educated to degree standard, with a forestry qualification at graduate or post-graduate level, you will be equally at home inspiring your colleagues, meeting landowners, managing programmes, exploring commercial opportunities and representing the National Forest Company in the national forestry policy environment.

Closing date for applications: 5 April 2017
Interviews will be held on 24 April 2017

The NFC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Training Opportunities

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) run a range of courses in practical environmental skills throughout the year (e.g. hedgelaying, coppicing, woodland management and dry stone walling). Contact them on 01283 223327 or 0116 2710178 for further details


21 Mar 2017

National Forest Company Welcomes EFRA Committee Report on Forestry in England

The National Forest Company today welcomed the publication of the EFRA Committee Report on Forestry in England: Seeing the Wood for the Trees.

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 Apr 2017


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.

04 Apr 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.

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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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