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The Black to Green Project

We are creating a new project team, with three full-time posts, to lead the Black to Green Project on behalf of the National Forest Company and a committed wider partnership. Black to Green will conserve and enhance the Heart of the Forest, a ten square mile area centred on Moira, Donisthorpe and Ashby Woulds, the most radically transformed landscape within the 200 square miles of The National Forest.

We are a dynamic, forward thinking organisation running one of the boldest regeneration projects in the country. If you share our vision and are inspired by the Black to Green Project we would love to hear from you.

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You may also be interested in the Teaching Trees Education Officer vacancy with the Royal Forestry Society


Training Opportunities

Find out about Nationally-recognised Diplomas in Work-based Environmental Conservation run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) in The National Forest.


Volunteering Opportunities

The Woodland Trust are looking for self-motivated volunteers with experience in tree planting to join our national network of Woodland Creation Champions. Champions use their experience and initiative to advise and support landowners, schools and community groups interested in planting trees and hedges or creating new woodland.

Champions are based at home and help with a range of tasks including enquiries about species choice, planting and maintenance, monitoring recently planted woods and supporting groups receiving free Community Tree Packs from the Woodland Trust. We’re looking for someone with good communication skills and experience in tree planting or maintenance who can spare around 2 hours each week on average. Access to transport and the internet are also required but induction, travel expenses and on-going support are provided. We particularly welcome volunteers with experience in e.g. forestry, arboriculture or community engagement but this is not essential. Champions will gain an excellent understanding of the many motivations, issues and opportunities associated with planting new woodland. It’s an excellent way to help the Woodland Trust create more resilient landscapes for wildlife- and to build, use or showcase your understanding of woodland creation.

Full details of the role are available in the task outline (PDF, 0.4MB) and Volunteering Officer Shona Morton () is happy to answer any questions you have about taking part. If you would like to apply please see the Woodland Trust website for details.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities in The National Forest, please see volunteering opportunities for more information.


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26 Jun 2015

Woodland flowers in Foxley Wood thanks to National Forest Company grant

The Woodland Trust has made improvements to Foxley Wood, one of its key woodlands in The National Forest, close to the village of Linton, in South Derbyshire. Trees have been thinned and undergrowth removed, and local users of the wood are already benefiting from the work which was carried out with assistance from the National Forest Company (NFC).

26 Jun 2015

Last call for 'School in a Garden' competition

Vitax, sponsor of this year’s National Forest Wood Fair, is urging schools within The National Forest catchment area to ensure their entries to its ‘School in a Garden’ drawing competition arrive in time as the deadline fast approaches.

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01 Jul 2015

Sharpe's Pottery Museum & Coffee Shop

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Explore this award winning pottery site, exhibiting internationally important pottery and sanitary ware, plus The National Forest story. Visit the Tourist Information Centre, café, gift shop, playzone and activities for all.

03 Jul 2015

Woodland Survival Crafts

Melbourne, Derbyshire

Our quality Bushcraft courses provide adventures for adults and families, accredited learning for schools and youth clubs or training for outdoor instructors or buinesses. We don't disappoint. Courses held at Spring Wood, Staunton Harold Estate.

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29 May 2015

Green business is good business

New CEO at the National Forest Company, John Everitt discusses how The National Forest pioneered the use of the environment at a landscape scale to lead social and economic regeneration, and now is the time to take the business community on a similar journey. "We can demonstrate that the Forest can also be an exemplary business development project, investing in our natural capital while improving the local economy."

24 Apr 2015

Spring and other seasonal delights

One of our Admin Officers, Carla, has been holed up at home, having broken her wrist a while ago. She's been musing on the seasons through her sitting room window...

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