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Friday, 22nd March 2013

2020VISION in The National Forest

The stunning 2020VISION street gallery exhibition has arrived in Swadlincote, after months of planning. It is a privilege to have worked with all our partners to bring it here. South Derbyshire District Council, the National Trust at Calke Abbey and our local sponsor H K Wentworth Limited have all worked enthusiastically with us to make this most of this brilliant opportunity.

Thursday, 21st March 2013

See it Here First: English Premiere in The National Forest for Unique National Wildlife and Nature Photographic Exhibition

Swadlincote in South Derbyshire, part of The National Forest, is an inspired location for the English premiere of a major nature and wildlife photographic exhibition, and the locals are fascinated. As they walk through the centre of the town, shoppers and business people see The Delph Market Square transformed into a magnificent street gallery, packed with over 100 stunning images by some of the top wildlife and landscape photographers in the UK.

Wednesday, 20th February 2013

High Speed 2: NFC Position Statement

The National Forest Company (NFC) is concerned about the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of HS2 on The National Forest.

Friday, 15th February 2013

Burton College students display their work alongside top national photographers

Students from Burton & South Derbyshire College have been invited to stage an exhibition of their work in the new gallery at Sharpe's Pottery Museum in March. It will coincide with the arrival in Swadlincote of the 2020VISION roadshow, which features some of the finest wildlife and nature photographers in the country.

Thursday, 14th February 2013

Alistair McGowan Top of the Bill for Comedy Wood

Headline act comedian and actor Alistair McGowan planted the first tree in Comedy Wood, a new woodland in The National Forest, outside Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire, this week.

Thursday, 31st January 2013

The National Forest Company's initial response to the Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement

This statement includes the Government's response to the Independent Panel on Forestry, set up after the consultation on the public forestry estate which ended in massive opposition for any 'sell off' of the public forest. Its publication seems to mark the calming, at least, of a pretty turbulent time in forestry policy for England.

Monday, 28th January 2013

National Forest Company's Response to the Initial Preferred HS2 Route

Statement from Sophie Churchill, OBE FICFor, Chief Executive, National Forest Company: "The National Forest Company is a strong advocate for sustainable development which includes sustainable economic growth and certainly supports the distribution of economic activity across the country. There are already important road and rail links through the Forest."

Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Business Brings Gift of Norwegian Maple to The National Forest

Just as Norway donates the magnificent Christmas tree that stands in Trafalgar Square each year, The National Forest has received its very own gift from this forest-loving nation.

Tuesday, 28th August 2012

Dramatic Shift for Forest Foragers in The National Forest

Foraging has been dampened in every way by the weather this summer according to bushcraft experts in The National Forest.

Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

Exploring the Landscape of The National Forest - New book shows us the importance of geology

A new book launched by the National Forest Company and the British Geological Survey illustrates through walks and a simple geological map how everything about The National Forest stems from the underlying rocks.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011

'More, Bigger, Better, Joined' The National Forest as National Example of Nature Conservation

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, will make the keynote presentation at a national conference in London on Friday (4 November).

Thursday, 8th September 2011

A Full Larder for Forest Foragers in The National Forest

Visitors to woodlands during the autumn will discover trees laden with edible delights. In September and October, the number of different ripe species explodes with fungi, fruits and nuts, such as beech nuts, bramble, hawthorn berries, juniper and rosehip, ready for picking. This year apparently the horseradish is particularly good!

Tuesday, 6th September 2011

The National Forest Contributes to EU Study on the Health of Our Natural Environment

The National Forest is taking part in a major EU study into how we look after the natural systems that are crucial for human wellbeing.

Wednesday, 12th January 2011

LEX Autolease Helps Create The National Forest

Staff from Lex Autolease, the UK's leading fleet management company and sponsor of The National Forest, have helped create new woodland in The National Forest, the boldest environmentally led regeneration project ever seen in this country.

Wednesday, 1st December 2010

The Big Tree Plant - New Funding for Community Tree Planting

On 2nd December the Government is launching a new campaign for tree planting across England.

Thursday, 18th November 2010

Plant a Tree in The National Forest - a perfect Christmas gift that the birds will love too!

Plant a Tree in The National Forest is a perfect gift for your friends and family - and for the wildlife that lives in the woods.

Wednesday, 1st September 2010

New Site Key to Success of National Forest Wood Fair

A new site surrounded with trees and opening to a commanding view of the surrounding National Forest proved a perfect setting for the sixth National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday.

Wednesday, 18th August 2010

William Morris Craft Fellows to House the Three Bears at the National Forest Wood Fair

Fellows of an ancient society set up to promote traditional construction skills have been honing their skills on green oak timber from The National Forest.

Wednesday, 4th August 2010

It's Oaks and Jokes for The National Forest

The country's comedians are being called on to raise some laughs - and cash.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2010

Talking Trees at The National Forest Wood Fair

The programme for this year's Talks Tent at the National Forest Wood Fair has just been announced. With a theme of looking after the landscape and the trees, it promises to add a new dimension to this popular event held at Beacon Hill Country Park on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August.

Thursday, 13th May 2010

Timber Business

Local larch cladding from trees grown on the Staunton Harold Estate in The National Forest is being used to clad the outer walls of new small business units at Rosliston Forestry Centre, near Burton upon Trent in The National Forest.

Thursday, 25th March 2010

Call for Exhibitors at The National Forest Wood Fair

The National Forest Wood Fair, to be held at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire on Bank Holiday Monday August 30, is a great opportunity for woodworkers, craftspeople and all those who work with native wood or timber to display their wares and promote their skills.

Thursday, 25th March 2010

The National Forest: A National Success Story

The report following the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into The National Forest has been published and fully endorses the progress of the Forest, stating that it is successfully delivering tangible environmental, economic and social benefits across 200 square miles of the Midlands.

Friday, 19th March 2010

Select Committee publishes report on The National Forest

\'The National Forest - a national success story\'. An exceptional endorsement of The National Forest by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is published 19th March 2010.

Tuesday, 9th March 2010

Making Woods Work: Developing the Woodland Economy in and Around The National Forest

The National Forest Company has commissioned Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), a not-for-profit project management company, to run Making Woods Work - a two-year programme designed to boost the economic potential of woodland businesses in and around The National Forest.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2010

The National Forest: Landing on Your Doorstep

A foldout leaflet addressing many of the questions often asked about The National Forest is about to land on the doormat of every household in the Forest.

Tuesday, 10th November 2009

Plantatree for Christmas - Get Mucky with your Friends!

Plantatree in The National Forest is a gift that will get you and the family out in the fresh air in the New Year. Buy one for your family, or for a group of friends

Wednesday, 28th October 2009

Create Your Own Woodland - For Free!

The National Forest Company has launched Freewoods, a new scheme for landowners in The National Forest to convert small areas of land to woodland – absolutely free.

Wednesday, 28th October 2009

Breakfast Network Briefing With The National Forest

The National Forest Company is inviting businesses to join them for breakfast at Ramada Burton upon Trent, Newton Park, on Thursday 5 November.

Monday, 27th July 2009

More People Enjoy The National Forest

More people than ever before have taken part in National Forest activities, according to the National Forest Company’s Annual Report for 2008/9, published this week.

Tuesday, 30th June 2009

Fleet Footed in the Forest

Leading fleet management company Lloyds TSB Autolease helps create The National Forest

Monday, 9th March 2009

\'We Love Living in The National Forest\'

A recent survey of people living in The National Forest shows overwhelming support for the improvements it has brought to the area.

Thursday, 15th January 2009

National Forest Ambassador is named Environmentalist of the year

National Forest ambassador Jonathon Porritt has been named environmental personality of the year, from a shortlist that included Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles.

Friday, 26th September 2008

Top Foresters visit The National Forest

Leading foresters from throughout the UK will visit The National Forest next month. The prestigious Institute of Chartered Foresters is bringing its 2008 National Study Tour to the Forest, from 15 – 17 October. The group will visit the National Memorial Arboretum, Swadlincote Woodlands and Calke Abbey: three very different locations which demonstrate contrasting approaches to the contribution trees and woodlands can make to the landscape and to people’s lives.

Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

More Funds for Forest Enjoyment: A Successful Year for The National Forest Company

In a challenging year for planting new woodlands, the National Forest Company (NFC) attracted more funds than ever before to enable people to enjoy and experience the Forest, according to the Company’s latest Annual Report for the year to March 2008. “Adversity stimulated inventiveness and innovation,” said Dinah Nichols, NFC Chair. “And through our funding of a wide range of partnership projects the Company levered in over Ł1.2 million from external public and private sources – the highest ever.”

Tuesday, 31st July 2007

The National Forest: A Thriving Place Today, a Legacy for the Future

A new report from the National Forest Company - ‘The National Forest - an exemplar of Sustainable Development’ – was launched by Joan Ruddock, Minister for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste in London last week (24 July).

Wednesday, 14th March 2007

Businesses Grow On Trees in The National Forest

The National Forest Business Development programme’s recent conference attracted such interest the organisers had to change venues – twice – to accommodate the numbers.