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The National Forest: 'on the doorstep' for 200,000 people.

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"It's a lovely place to live...
I couldn't wish for anything better."

Community Perceptions Report, 2009

What is The National Forest?

The National Forest road sign

Find out why 7.8 million trees have been planted throughout 200 square miles of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

How you can take part ...

Mum and daughter Plant a Tree

You can help create the Forest:

You can help look after the Forest:

  • Volunteer with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and help manage woodlands, hedgerows and enjoy being out in the countryside.
  • Some Forest sites are managed by their own volunteer groups. Contact us about forming your own volunteer group or ask us for advice.
  • Read more about Volunteering in The National Forest.
  • Children and teenagers can get involved through school activities and projects at Conkers and Rosliston Forestry Centre. They can plant trees through Tree for All. Find out more about Education in The National Forest
  • You can take part in a variety of arts, health, nature and outdoor activities.

Days out in the Forest

There's a huge choice of things to see and do, not to mention the woodlands to explore and free play areas too.

Don't miss the National Forest Wood Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday at Beacon Hill Country Park.


Walks in The National Forest

Walking is a great way to find out more about the Forest on your doorstep - and it's a great way to keep healthy too.


Cycling in The National Forest

The gentle terrain of The National Forest is perfect for family cycling.



Wildlife in the Forest is thriving!

llustration of young trees and CO2 absorption

Trees and climate change

There are many reasons why it is good to plant trees. They are good for wildlife, good to look at and are good for the environment. Find out more about how trees affect climate change.