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Get involved in the nation’s biggest, boldest long term environmental venture! Individuals, businesses, local community groups, landowners - your participation can make a real and lasting difference!

There are many opportunities to take an active role in the Forest’s creation. These range from volunteering for practical conservation work, community tree planting projects, maintenance of local woods and marking your place in the Forest with a distinctive arts or heritage feature. Whatever your interest, you can contribute your expertise and energy. Grants are available to support many community activities.

Education

Kids 'ponding'

The environmental education programmes in the Forest are very successful, with over 38,000 children and their teachers last year learning about bugs and bats, tracks and trails and habitats. Planting a tree is a great way to connect with nature and the very different time scale that trees inhabit, as opposed to our hectic lives.

Volunteering

Staff from Johnson Controls Automotive (UK) on a volunteering day

One of the most fantastic things about The National Forest is that people can actually 'get involved' in its creation. This can be through planting a tree, community projects or even becoming a conservation volunteer.


Health

individuals helping to plant trees in The National Forest

The National Forest, provides plenty of opportunities for a huge variety of walks for you to explore and help keep you healthy! The National Forest could be seen as a 'Therapeutic Landscape' helping recovery from physical and mental ill health.

Arts

The stone and metal Village Sculpture at Ravenstone

Celebrate the unique identity of where you live in The National Forest! Find out how we can help you to set up a project to create an inspiring Forest feature.


Landshapes

The Leicestershire and South Derbyshire Noon column at Sence Valley, Ibstock

From 2003 to 2006, the National Forest Company's LANDshapes project worked with local people to record and celebrate their culture and heritage of The National Forest. Although the project officially ended in June 2006, the archive and website continue to be accessible.

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19 Mar 2014

Appointments to the Board of the National Forest Company

Defra Minister, Dan Rogerson, has confirmed reappointments to the Board of the National Forest Company (NFC). Catherine Graham-Harrison OBE has been reappointed as Chair for a further two years from April 2014 whilst Roger Clarke has been reappointed as a Non-executive Director for a further two years. Both were appointed to the Board in April 2011 for a three year term of office.

14 Mar 2014

News release: National Forest sponsor Reabrook completes woodland planting and looks to management

National Forest sponsor Reabrook welcomed over one hundred customers, colleagues, friends and families to the young woodland site it is developing with the National Forest Company, in Moira, Leicestershire - and invited them to help out with tree planting!

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25 Apr 2014

Snibston

Coalville, Leicestershire

Discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our lives at this award-winning interactive museum. From the earliest mining tools, proto-type jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London – there is plenty to explore. Assistance dogs only.

26 Apr 2014

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

22ndAugust 1485 a battle rages, King Richard III is defeated, Henry is crowned and the Tudor dynasty is born. Visit the award-winning exhibition and follow the King into battle, walk the Bosworth trail or simply enjoy a coffee in the medieval Tithe Barn restaurant.

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14 Mar 2014

The sound of chainsaws

Out and about in The National Forest at the weekend? If youíre headed for your local woodland, donít panic if you hear the sound of chainsaws!

27 Jan 2014

'Just Passing By' and wassailing

Sophie and Carol visited Snibston and Donisthorpe over the weekend and shared some great community life in the Forest.

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