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New opportunity for people in Leicestershire to help create The National Forest

Wednesday, 8th October 2014

New opportunity for people in Leicestershire to help create The National Forest

A new woodland is about to be created in The National Forest and the National Forest Company is hoping the people of Leicester and Leicestershire will get involved and help it take shape.

The support of people in Leicestershire was highly influential in getting this special part of the Midlands selected as the home of The National Forest over 20 years ago. This new site, on the furthest south eastern boundary of the Forest, is just about as near as the Forest can be to the city of Leicester and brings the trees even closer to some of its oldest supporters.

The site currently covers three fields bounded by hedgerows and individual trees between the villages of Ratby and Groby. It lies just four miles from the M1 motorway, junction 21A, and plans are afoot to transform it into a beautiful native woodland, with many opportunities for people to be involved in its creation and long-term management.

Lynne Richards, Head of Fundraising with the NFC, explained more: “With this beautiful new site we now have a home for our Plant a Tree scheme, one of the most popular ways people plant trees in The National Forest. The scheme has been running for over ten years and this coming season we will welcome our 10,000th person to a tree planting event.

“The site between Ratby and Groby gives local people a wonderful opportunity to create their bit of The National Forest immediately near to where they live. We’re very excited to have this new woodland which our communities in Leicestershire can help us develop.”

Plant a Tree is a perfect gift for anyone who loves trees and wildlife. It makes a great Christmas gift (you know, those people who are impossible to buy for) and for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries at any time of the year. Plant a Tree is purchased online, with a personalised certificate to download and print, making it a perfect last minute gift - even on Christmas Day.

Each tree costs £25 which reflects the true cost of creating and developing the new woodland, including future care and maintenance of the site. For more information or to purchase see: