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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.



05 Dec 2016

First National Forest Woodlands Awards presented at an awards ceremony at Staunton Harold

The inaugural National Forest Woodland Awards were presented by Sir William Worsley, Chair of the National Forest Company, at an event held at Staunton Harold Hall, near Ashby de la Zouch.

01 Nov 2016

The Silver Circuit: National Forest Company launches new walk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest

As part of The National Forestís 25th anniversary celebrations, the National Forest Company has launched a new walk through some of the most picturesque parts of the Forest on the Derbyshire Staffordshire border.

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10 Dec 2016

National Forest Adventure Farm

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A day of adventure awaits, whatever the weather. You can meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and have fun in the huge indoor play area.

17 Dec 2016

Mercia Marina

Willington, Derbyshire

A multi-awarded conservation park and visitor attraction in Derbyshire. Easily accessible and free entry and parking offering quality shops, eateries, walks and wildlife against the backdrop of 25 acre lake.

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01 Dec 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 5!

Carla posts her final blog and reflects on the role so far.

30 Nov 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger, Part 4!

NFC employee, Carla Robinson, continues her volunteering on the National Forest Way.

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