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Black to Green

The Heart of the Forest is a 10 square mile area within North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire. Over the last 25 years this area has been transformed from a scarred landscape previously dominated by coal mining and clay extraction, to a sustainable landscape led by the creation of The National Forest. Its an exceptional story of rapid landscape change, with woodland cover increasing over the last 20 years from 1% to 27%.

Black to Green is a 1.1 million project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will work with communities to explore this incredible transformation providing opportunities to re-discover and appreciate both the natural and industrial heritage. Up until the autumn of 2018, well be delivering a whole range of conservation and heritage activities focusing on engaging local people, developing habitats for wildlife and interpreting the extraordinary story of the change.

If you would like to get involved with any of the following activities, please get in touch!

  • Walks
  • Local heritage
  • Wildlife
  • Practical conservation
  • Woodland management
  • Being part of the Heart of the Forest Forum
  • Education projects
  • Craft and creative activities
  • Events
  • Publicity & social media
  • Shadowing / mentoring


or call 01283 551211

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