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Arts in The Forest

Celebrate the unique identity of where you live in The National Forest.

Starting Point

Creating an inspiring Forest Feature as a focal point for where you live! The first step is to get involved. It's a project for everyone to become a part of!

  • Discuss ideas
  • Think about locations
  • Plan your actions
  • Contact your Parish Council, they will want to know about the proposal and be part of the team. They will need to approve the idea and location and agree to look after the maintenance of the village feature.

The National Forest can offer ideas for your feature and ways to involve local people.

Your local Arts Officer and Community Arts Organisation may give practical help and progress your ideas into action.

The Next Step

  • Arrange an open village meeting; nothing complicated, just an opportunity for anyone who is interested to come along.
  • Think about the local groups that could provide an input such as Playgroups, Schools, WI, Scouts, Brownies, History Societies, Church Groups and others. Advertise the meeting in local shops.
  • Generate and discuss ideas and be imaginative.
  • You could always have a feature sign, a village bench, gateway to your village, sculpture - whatever would suit your local surroundings.
  • Collect ideas on what makes your locality special.

Developing Plans

  • Plan a timetable for your project.
  • Use the help available to develop ideas for siting the project.
  • Use artists workshops and project meetings to develop your ideas, but most of all have fun


The National Forest can offer grants of up to 50% for your project costs and can advise on other sources of funding too.


Other places have done it, Ibstock and Measham have signs, Ravenstone a bench, Swannington a gateway feature and Alrewas a living willow sculpture.

All the ideas for these exciting new features came from local people. They worked with artists to turn ideas into real plans and now have the satisfaction of a permanent and positive contribution to their local surroundings.

Whether you live in a hamlet, village or town, large or small you can do it.

For more information

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Sue Anderson

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The National Forest, Community Liaison Officer

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01283 551211

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or contact us.


Charnwood Borough Council

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Simone Maclaine

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Southfields, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 2TR

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01162 553 515

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01509 263 971

East Staffordshire Borough Council

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Paul Challacombe

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The Brewhouse, Union Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1EB

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01283 508515

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

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Lindsay Orton

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Council Offices, Argents Mead, Hinckley, Leicester LE10 1BZ

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01455 238 141

Lichfield District Council

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Adrian Jackson

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District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6YX

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08719 789509

Mantle Community Arts

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Springboard Centre, Mantle Lane, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3DW

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01530 830 811

People Express

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West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG

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01283 552962


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