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National Forest Company celebrates 20th anniversary

National Forest Company celebrates 20th anniversary

"It was all faith, it is now a reality. This is really quite an emotional day." Rodney Swarbrick CBE DL served as the first NFC Chairman from 1995 - 2001 and spoke warmly of the early days of the Forest, and of his delight at the progress that has been achieved, at a recent event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Forest Company.

New Woods

New Woodland Takes Root in Wychnor

Montgomery Wood offers visitors fantastic views across the River Trent to Wychnor, with stunning views of St Leonard's parish church. This 2.3ha (5.7 acre) wood has been created by local businessman Chris Montgomery who runs a landscaping business based in Burton. Chris bought the land a few years ago and decided to create the woodland under the National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme to provide wildlife habitat, access and wood for fuel.

Apple Blossom

Spring and other seasonal delights

Spring... my favourite season. Always has been and always will be, with the promise of new life, lighter, longer days and a hint of warmth. Then there's the colour - the gentle pinks of blossom, reddy-brown of new rose growth, and the spread of colour from emerging bulbs before the onslaught of green. And the song... oh the song!

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Why trees are important for communities

The University of Derby's Buxton campus will host a public lecture on why putting trees at the heart of England has helped communities prosper.
Speaker: Dr Sophie Churchill OBE
Thursday 28 May

Read more: Environmentalist promotes community grass roots in Buxton



Press Releases

Thursday, 16th July 2015

National Forest Company celebrates 20 years and hits 20 per cent forest cover

Ambassadors for The National Forest joined directors and staff to celebrate 20 years of the National Forest Company.

Monday, 20th April 2015

The National Forest's Black to Green project secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment

The National Forest Company and its partners in the Heart of the Forest Forum have been awarded £770,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the innovative Black to Green project.

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Blog: Woodland Edge

Audrey Vaughan - volunteer at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre

Audrey Vaughan - volunteer at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre

"I was somewhere I'd never been before. I thought: I'm getting wet, I'm getting cold - I'm enjoying myself!"

Friday, 31st October 2014

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.

Monday, 1st September 2014


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