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Go Green

There are a number of ways you can reduce your impact on the environment and 'go green'.

Explore the area by bike or on foot


Bikes can be hired at Rosliston Forestry Centre.

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Use Public Transport


An excellent website that provides times and details of trains, buses and other public transport along with driving instructions is Transport Direct.

Stay in environmentally friendly accommodation

Environmentally friendly accommodation

Forest Lodges built from FSC certified timber and nestling in the young woodland at Rosliston Forestry Centre, are heated by the wood fuel boiler that supplies the whole centre.

YHA National Forest is an environmentally-friendly building with renewable wood fuel energy, solar heating, rainwater gathering and natural ventilation built into its design. Over 5,000 trees were planted around the site to create a natural setting for this innovative building.

Measham House, Ramada Newton Park Hotel, Ravenstone Guesthouse and Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel have all achieved the Green Tourism Business Scheme award.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism award for the UK.

Get closer to nature

Forest Experiences

Why not try one of the Forest 'Experiences' such as woodland survival crafts, Llama treks, Woodland Ways that get you closer to nature.

The award-winning attraction Conkers has a whole host of environmentally friendly features including a geothermal heating system which uses the earth's natural process to heat or cool the centre.

Become a Friend of the Forest Today

Friends of The National Forest

Tree by tree a vast new forest is being created. You can help by joining the Friends of The National Forest. Thanks to your support, accessible woodlands teeming with wildlife will be created.

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National Forest Wood Fair

Wood Fair

Don't miss the live demonstrations of woodworking skills, craft displays and chainsaw sculpting at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August. There's plenty for children, delicious locally produced food, exciting lumberjack shows, longbow displays, and charity auction.

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There are more than 400 new and mature woodlands open to the public. Many have been created as part of the growing National Forest and further planting continues.

Read more: Woods & Wildlife