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Wednesday, 11th June 2014

New Survey Shows Strength of Local Support for The National Forest

'If I said to my grandson you've got to clear some bracken tomorrow, he'd have his wellies out ready at dawn.' Ibstock Business Centre user

Monday, 19th May 2014

The National Forest Way is open!

England's newest long distance walking trail is open! Over a hundred walkers, friends and partner organisations joined the National Forest Company to launch the 75-mile National Forest Way on Saturday 17 May at Conkers Waterside.

Friday, 20th December 2013

New Year's Resolutions to Help You Have Your Best Year Ever in The National Forest

Forget those negative New Year's Resolutions: "I will not do this" and "No more that"! For 2014, try these positive resolutions to explore and enjoy The National Forest - and get fitter, more creative, more relaxed and happy with the world!

Friday, 13th December 2013

Date Fixed for Tenth Anniversary National Forest Wood Fair

On Monday 25 August 2014 the stage will be set at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire, for the tenth anniversary National Forest Wood Fair. The event has been a regular feature of the summer calendar since 2005, and is now established as the top regional event celebrating The National Forest and everything to do with trees, timber and woodland.

Monday, 11th November 2013

National Forest Company Launches New Woodland Management Programme

The National Forest Company (NFC) is encouraging landowners to look after their woods with the help of a new woodland management programme, including a new grant scheme to help with the work.

Friday, 20th September 2013

Last Chance to Join Whistlewood - Forest, Food, Fun and Friends

The National Forest Company is supporting a unique community woodland project near Melbourne, Derbyshire, which gives individuals the chance buy shares in a community woodland.

Thursday, 1st August 2013

Discover the Artist in you at the National Forest Wood Fair- Free Woodland Cartoon Drawing Sessions in The National Forest Marquee

Local cartoonist Andy Gilbert will be in The National Forest marquee at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, encouraging Wood Fair visitors to try their hand at drawing cartoons of woodland animals.

Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Hotting up for The National Forest Wood Fair

Advance tickets are now on sale for the National Forest Wood Fair, one of the most popular country events in the Midlands. Held in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, on the south eastern tip of The National Forest, over 100 exhibitors and demonstrators will be gathered on Monday 26 August for a wonderful day filled with trees, timber and all things related to woodlands and timber industries.

Friday, 21st June 2013

Stay Over for a Bank Holiday Short Break and Enjoy The National Forest Wood Fair

The last two Bank Holidays this year have been quite spectacular. Make sure you make the most of the last hoorah of the summer by booking a National Forest Wood Fair Short Break over the August Bank Holiday.

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

Making Woods Work: The National Forest Launches New Wood Products and Services Website

A new online market place for buyers and sellers of woodland related services and wood products has been set up by the National Forest Company (NFC).

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, 14th December 2012

Sparkling Short Breaks in The National Forest

Spa breaks, family breaks and a new water adventure are some of the new packages on offer for 2013 in and around The National 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, 13th November 2012

Best Foot Forward: Fisher German Supports the New National Forest Long Distance Trail

Fisher German LLP has announced its support for the creation of a new long distance trail through The National Forest. The new route is currently under development and is expected to be open for walkers in 2014.

Monday, 12th November 2012

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

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.

Tuesday, 16th October 2012

A Very Royal Tree: Duke Plants the 8 Millionth Tree in The National Forest

The Duke of Cambridge has planted the 8 millionth tree in The National Forest.

Wednesday, 15th August 2012

Steam, Smoke And Fire At The National Forest Wood Fair

It'll be hard to spot wheelwright Phill Gregson when he stokes up clouds of steam, smoke and fire at the National Forest Wood Fair over Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August, in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire.

Wednesday, 1st August 2012

Not an Olympic Sport but... First UK Championship Log to Leg Race at The National Forest Wood Fair

Five of the best exponents in the UK from The Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Greenwood Workers will take part in the first ever UK Log to Leg Championships at the National Forest Wood Fair over August Bank Holiday.

Friday, 15th June 2012

Children to Get Arty at the Ashby Show with The National Forest Drawing Competition

The National Forest marquee at this year's Ashby Show will be a hive of creative activity as families take part in The National Forest's "Forest of Drawings" competition. The marquee will have everything children (aged between 4-11 years) will need to create their leafy masterpieces - pencils, crayons, pens and the entry posters for the competition.

Friday, 16th March 2012

Hands On At Gardener's World

As the weather warms up and we turn our attention outside gardeners can get inspiration from The National Forest. Visitors to BBC Gardener's World Live show at the NEC (13 - 17 June) will be invited to get hands-on to try ancient skills still practised today.

Tuesday, 28th February 2012

A Bumper Easter in The National Forest

The bumper load of special activities during Easter, gives visitors even more reason to take a break in The National Forest.

Wednesday, 3rd August 2011

Rare elm timber for the National Forest Wood Fair

As a mature elm is felled, a new dawn emerges for the beloved elm. And all will be revealed at The National Forest Wood Fair.

Wednesday, 11th May 2011

A Packed Programme of Summer Concerts Takes Centre Stage

It will soon be time to chill the champagne and pack the hamper for the range of musical and theatre performances taking place across The National Forest this summer.

Tuesday, 21st December 2010

Launch on the Wild Side - National Forest & Beyond Campaign

Tourism businesses from across the area will get the latest news on the National Forest Cycle Centre and Long Distance Trail and find out about mobile marketing at the National Forest & Beyond 2011 Campaign launch at 10am on Tuesday 11 January 2011 at Twycross Zoo.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 6th January 2010

Try Something New in The National Forest & Beyond!

The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide for 2010 is just out - packed with new ideas for things to see and do in this wonderful forest in the making.

Thursday, 26th November 2009

The National Forest Hits the Trail

Plans for a new long distance trail across The National Forest took a great step forward recently with the appointment of a National Forest Trail Development Officer.

Thursday, 30th April 2009

Before the Forest Began - A New Walk Through The National Forest

The ever-changing landscape of The National Forest makes it a fascinating place for a walk. But a new route has just been devised that explores some of the oldest parts of the Forest, landscapes that were here millennia before the Forest was a gleam in any forester’s eye.

Friday, 17th April 2009

Rolling Out The Blue Carpet in The National Forest

The annual display of spectacular bluebells has begun! Bluebell spotters flock to The National Forest for its vibrant display every year.

Friday, 27th February 2009

Burton upon Trent Railway Station is Welcome Gateway to The National Forest

Burton upon Trent Railway Station is now a welcoming gateway to The National Forest with new facilities just installed at the station.

Thursday, 13th November 2008

Heard the One About the Bird of Prey and a Football Game?

This puzzling riddle is answered in the new edition of Forest Scene, the twice-yearly newsletter for The National Forest.

Wednesday, 24th September 2008

Byrkley Garden Centre - Gateway to a Growing Destination

Visitors to Byrkley Garden Centre will discover more than just plants, trees and shrubs as they browse, but can now explore a ‘forest in the making’. The extensive garden centre has teamed up with the National Forest Company to install facilities with information on the centre and the growing forest.

Tuesday, 16th September 2008

Find Your Way in the Forest with new Ordnance Survey National Forest Map

A new Ordnance Survey map has just been published which charts in full the latest developments in The National Forest, marking the increase in woodland since the previous 2005 edition of the map from 16% to nearly 18% over the 200 square miles of the Forest.

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.”

Friday, 8th August 2008

Spinning Llama Yarn at The International Group Travel and Leisure Show

Visitors to the International Group Travel and Leisure Show at Birmingham NEC between 24-25 September will be able to see the traditional skills of spinning on the National Forest & Beyond stand (No. 710) – but with llama fleece!

Monday, 2nd June 2008

Summer Fun in the Forest

Families searching for new ideas on where to take the children during the long summer break should head to The National Forest at the heart of the English midlands. This \'forest in the making\' is bursting with things to see and do, ensuring young ones and their older companions alike are kept entertained - whatever the summer weather brings!

Monday, 14th January 2008

Fascinating Past and Flourishing Future Revealed at Ferrers Centre

A trip to the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts will now reveal the fascinating history of both this former stable block and Staunton Harold Hall including the bloody murder of John Johnson by the 4th Earl Ferrers, who remains the last peer of the realm to be executed.

Tuesday, 11th September 2007

Another Successful Year Brings More Forest for the National Forest Company

The National Forest Company publishes its Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2007 this week. The Report records another successful year: even in a challenging year of rising land prices the Company met all of its key objectives and created 351 hectares (over 860 acres) of new woodland throughout The National Forest.