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National Forest Company Reveals More About the Exciting New Decade for The National Forest

Monday, 4th August 2014

Community wood fuel event photo credit Chris Conway

Following the successful launch of a new ten year strategy for The National Forest, the National Forest Company (NFC) has announced the key actions for the coming year in its Business Plan 2014-2015.  These prioritise making the most of the green investment created so far and securing it for future generations.

Sophie Churchill OBE, Chief Executive of the NFC, said:  'Now that The National Forest is truly ‘on the map’, the really important things going forward are to make sure it is well looked after, well used and has a sustainable future. The National Forest is enormously fortunate to have incredible support, from local communities through to national Government, so that the decade to come will be one in which the legacy of the forest is secured for future generations.  This year we are testing new ways to generate income for the forest, doing even more in managing the woodlands and evolving how we are organised for the future.'

Key points from the Business Plan are:

  • An investment programme for the visitor economy, the woodland economy and skills and employability.
  • 200 landowners involved in learning how to look after their woodlands.
  • 500 hectares of woodland brought into management.
  • A new programme for community engagement.
  • National Forest Company to become a charity as well as part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Read the Business Plan at

Photo Credit: Chris Conway