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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.

The Conservation Volunteers

Dry stone wall repairs at Orton on the Hill

The Conservation Volunteers have released a newsletter about their work in The National Forest.



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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10 Jul 2015

Catton Estate

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Catton Hall, built in 1745 has a fascinating history, and still privately owned, retains its original collection of pictures and furniture.  The grounds are available to hire for all types of public events, and the Hall, for small corporate or private groups.

10 Jul 2015

Ferrers Gallery

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

The multi award-winning Ferrers Gallery showcases the best in British craftmanship.  Over 3 floors you will find cards, jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, metalwork and paintings.  Surrounded by stunning scenery the gallery is adjacent to Staunton Harold Hall, lake and church.

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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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