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A First for The Forest - Stunning National Photographic Exhibition Arrives in The National Forest in 2013

Monday, 12th November 2012

2020VISION

The National Forest will be the first location in the country to host the 2020VISION roadshow of stunning wildlife images when it arrives here next March.

The exhibition features more than one hundred breathtaking images taken in 20 locations throughout the UK, including The National Forest, celebrating landscape-scale restoration projects that benefit both wildlife and people.

The exhibition will be on display in The Delph Market Square, Swadlincote, 18 March – 7 April next year, before it moves to Calke Abbey, 10 – 29 April. Accompanying the exhibition, which is free and open to all*, there will be an audio visual show, educational activities, a live show with 2020VISION photographers and guests talking about the project, and a beautiful hardback book full of exceptional images and information.

The National Forest was selected as an outstanding example of regeneration on a landscape-scale, involving local communities and wider national partnerships. Top UK wildlife photographers visited the Forest over the last 20 months to capture this regeneration as seen in the woodlands and other habitats throughout the 200 square miles of the Forest area.

The Forest features alongside other locations such as the Rutland Water Habitats project, Black Country Living Landscape, The Greater Thames Futurescape, Kinder Scout Restoration project, rewilding Scotland’s uplands, Wild Ennerdale in the Lake District and the restoration of the Cambridgeshire and East Anglian Fens.

The National Forest Company has worked with partners South Derbyshire District Council, The National Trust’s Calke Abbey and H K Wentworth Limited in order to bring the 2020VISION Roadshow to the Forest.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: “Twenty years ago it would have been inconceivable that The National Forest would have a place amongst twenty iconic, national, large-scale environmental projects. But now that the forest is maturing we have been privileged to host leading photographers taking some superb shots of the Forest.

“Residents and visitors will remember for a long time this showcase of talent, passion and the glories of the UK’s wildlife and landscape.

“We share with 2020VISION a strong belief that the natural world shouldn’t be just for a selected few experts or enthusiasts and we are extremely grateful to the National Trust, South Derbyshire District Council and H K Wentworth Limited for their commitment to making the photographs available to thousands of people.”

The exhibition opened this summer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, and its appearance in The National Forest will be the first scheduled opportunity for the exhibition to be viewed in England.

For further information see www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/2020vision

*At Calke Abbey National Trust Park entrance charge applies to non-members.

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