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How Does Your Forest Grow?

Thursday, 31st May 2007

Find out more about The National Forest at BBC Gardeners World Live

Visitors to BBC Gardeners’ World Live show at the NEC in Birmingham from 13-17 June can find out how one of Britain’s most ambitious environmental projects is growing.

The National Forest stand (G334) will have new displays and examples of the types of native trees that are predominantly planted across this new landscape. Visitors to the stand will be able to find out more on planting trees to offset some of the environmental cost of their journey to the event, and even buy a Walks Pack to inspire them to explore the Forest at closer range.

And they will also be able to take advantage of the special one-off show offer – National Forest Walks Pack and Ordnance Survey Map for just £10. These are usually £5 and £7.50 respectively.

The National Forest spans 200 square miles across parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire and is one of England’s most ambitious environmental projects – to create a new forest for the nation. Already more than seven million trees have been planted trebling the woodland cover from a mere 6% to more than 17%.

The National Forest Company, the not-for-profit company set up to create The National Forest, is attending the show to promote the Forest and offer show visitors the chance to contribute to this ‘Forest in the Making’.

Visitors can find out more on The National Forest Plant a Tree Scheme, which for just £25 includes a personalised certificate and an invitation to a special tree planting event in The National Forest, to plant an oak, ash or birch tree sapling for future generations to enjoy. If the ‘Plant a Tree’ is for an anniversary, christening, birthday or any other sort of gift, a special message can be added to the certificate and the recipient of the gift will also be invited to the tree planting event. The next event will be held during the tree planting season in November.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive for the National Forest Company said: “The Plant a Tree scheme enables people to make a real as well as personal contribution to the environment. I would like to encourage show visitors to come to The National Forest stand (stand number G334) to learn more about the Forest and the wealth of things to see and do here.”

For those unable to attend the show, more information on The National Forest and Plant a Tree scheme can be found in the Plant a Tree section, email or telephone 01283 551211.

There are hundreds of woodlands created as part of the growing National Forest, 90% of which are open to the public to explore and enjoy. The gently undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling and horse-riding and through the creation of new habitats, The National Forest is an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.

For more ideas on where to go, what to see and places to stay in and around The National Forest get a copy of The National Forest and Beyond visitor guides. Containing details on events as well as vouchers to get money off accommodation and attractions, these and the Forest Walks Pack are available from Tourist Information Centres or from the National Forest Company.