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A view from the Forest

A view from the Forest

Simon West, new Head of Forestry at the National Forest Company, reflects about the first couple of months in his new job and how the Forest is looking.



The National Forest Wood Fair in the rain

The National Forest Wood Fair in the rain

It was a blessing it hadn’t rained in the night. But 6am arrived and the first spots started. I bravely tweeted “Come and walk the National Forest Way in the dry!” - referring to the miniature version of the route we had laid out in the shelter of our marquee - and set off to the site.



The sound of chainsaws

Feanedock Covert

Out and about in The National Forest at the weekend? If you’re headed for your local woodland, don’t panic if you hear the sound of chainsaws!




A visit to Minorca Opencast Mine, Measham, Leicestershire, The National Forest, 20th November 2013

Minorca Opencast Mine

From Measham to Leicester on the back road, you pass the mine's bund, a newly turfed embankment on a grand scale, like a whale which has swum up the Thames and got stranded. Week by week mounds of soil appear and change shape: we have, temporarily, a rusty brown Arizonian backdrop to the lovely Swepstone church.