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The National Forest: Landing on Your Doorstep

Tuesday, 23rd February 2010

150,000 leaflets are being distributed, to help everyone who lives in the Forest make the most of the woodlands and attractions on their doorstep – and find out just what the Forest is.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said:  ‘People often ask us where the Forest is exactly, what its ultimate aim is and why you can’t always see lots of trees although there are plenty of signs.

‘We wanted to tell the story of the Forest and show people that this Forest on their doorstep can be a fun day out, a ’green gym’, a place to recharge your batteries.  It is also a place where jobs are being created through tourism and the woodlands themselves, with a landscape that is good for wildlife and making a positive contribution to climate change issues.

‘The thing is that it is such a big, long-term and ambitious initiative that we need to keep saying why we have it, where it’s going next and, most importantly, what it can mean for people living and working here. It is fantastic that many people are choosing to move into The National Forest, but many of those people will not be familiar with why and when it started, and the enormous difference it makes to the area.’

‘The National Forest – On Your Doorstep’ leaflet explains how the Forest came into being, where it is and how it is changing the landscape of 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. It talks about the trees that are planted and how they are planted.  It has maps and pictures of the main attractions. There are suggestions for ways to take part in the creation of the Forest, and how to make the most of living  with one of the biggest and boldest environmental projects in the country ‘on your doorstep’.

The National Forest is a great place for a day out, with woodlands to explore, free play areas, and plenty of attractions and places to visit. Get involved by volunteering with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and enjoy being out in the fresh air learning traditional crafts such as hedgelaying and coppicing.