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Wednesday, 27th August 2014

Spirits were undampened at the tenth anniversary National Forest Wood Fair

Two thousand visitors enjoyed the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire, on Bank Holiday Monday. Despite the rain, spirits remained undampened and everyone enjoyed the quality wood products, lumberjack displays, chainsaw carvers, horse logging and tree climbing.

Friday, 8th August 2014

Visitors Asked to Go Potty and Recycle

Vitax, National Forest Wood Fair sponsor and garden and horticulture specialists, are encouraging all visitors to this year's National Forest Wood Fair to bring their plastic pots in for recycling in exchange for Grow Pots - a product from its popular biodegradables range.

Friday, 8th August 2014

Tree-Spirited Climbing Adventures - New Tree Climbing Attraction At This Year's National Forest Wood Fair

Scale the heights of one of the magnificent oaks in Beacon Hill Country Park at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August.

Monday, 4th August 2014

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

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.

Friday, 25th July 2014

Buy advance tickets for the National Forest Wood Fair at local Tourist Information Centres

Early-bird discount tickets for the National Forest Wood Fair are on sale at Ashby de la Zouch and Swadlincote Tourist Information Centres. All tickets bought in advance attract a 20% discount on the gate prices, for this fun family day out to be held at Beacon Hill Country Park on Monday 25 August.

Friday, 11th July 2014

The National Forest launches new online marketplace for wood products and services

The National Forest Company has launched a new online Marketplace to help promote timber products and services within and around The National Forest.

Tuesday, 8th July 2014

National Forest Wood Fair tickets now on sale

Tickets for this year's National Forest Wood Fair are now on sale: buy in advance and save 20% of the admission charge on the day.

Monday, 30th June 2014

Chief Executive of the National Forest Company Announces her Departure

Following the successful launch of the strategy for the next decade of The National Forest, the Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, Sophie Churchill OBE, has announced that she will step down at Christmas.

Thursday, 26th June 2014

Looking after woodlands in The National Forest: Round 2 of National Forest Woodland Management Scheme now open

Following a successful pilot scheme over the winter of 2013/14, the National Forest Company has opened a further round of its innovative woodland management grant scheme, to promote the effective management of woodlands within the 200 square miles of The National Forest.

Thursday, 26th June 2014

Coming of Age: Launch of The National Forest Strategy 2014-2024

The new strategy for the next decade of The National Forest has been launched at an event held in the stunning setting of the Riding School at the National Trust's Calke Abbey.

Wednesday, 25th June 2014

COMING OF AGE: THE NATIONAL FOREST 2014-2024 - Launch of the new strategy for The National Forest

The new strategy to take The National Forest forward over the next ten years is launched today at Calke Abbey. The strategy highlights the priorities for the forest as it comes of age. The next decade will be a crucial period to lay down the legacy of the forest, and secure it for future generations.

Tuesday, 17th June 2014

A Hundred People Run for Dean & Smedley in The National Forest

National Forest sponsor Dean & Smedley Family Pharmacies held a successful Fun Run recently to support environmental education in The National Forest.

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

Wednesday, 11th June 2014

Employees Plant a Taste of the Good Life as Holland and Barrett Teams up with The National Forest

Staff from Nuneaton-based NBTY Europe have been helping to create England's biggest new forest by planting over 200 new trees at a site in the Midlands.

Wednesday, 11th June 2014

National and Local Support: A Great Year for The National Forest Company Annual Report for 2013-14 published

The National Forest Company (NFC) has published its Annual Report for 2013-14, a year in which the company received a great vote of confidence from central government and now stands at the start of a new ten-year strategy for the creation and development of The National Forest.

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Dean and Smedley Runs for Fun in The National Forest

National Forest sponsor Dean and Smedley Family Pharmacies is delighted to be organising a Fun Run on Sunday 8th June to support environmental education in The National Forest.

Friday, 23rd May 2014

Economic Impact of The National Forest Confirmed in a New Study

A new study by the National Forest Company has confirmed the positive economic impact of the creation of The National Forest and identified substantial potential benefits for the future.

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.

Wednesday, 14th May 2014

England's newest long distance walking trail launches this weekend

The country's newest long distance walking trail will be launched this weekend, on the first day of the National Forest Walking Festival. The 75-mile National Forest Way will be launched on Saturday 17 May, at Conkers Waterside on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border.

Thursday, 1st May 2014

Launch Date Set for the National Forest Way

The new long distance walking trail, the National Forest Way, will be launched on Saturday 17 May.

Wednesday, 19th March 2014

Appointments to the Board of the National Forest Company

Defra Minister, Dan Rogerson, has confirmed reappointments to the Board of the National Forest Company (NFC). Catherine Graham-Harrison OBE has been reappointed as Chair for a further two years from April 2014 whilst Roger Clarke has been reappointed as a Non-executive Director for a further two years. Both were appointed to the Board in April 2011 for a three year term of office.

Friday, 14th March 2014

News release: National Forest sponsor Reabrook completes woodland planting and looks to management

National Forest sponsor Reabrook welcomed over one hundred customers, colleagues, friends and families to the young woodland site it is developing with the National Forest Company, in Moira, Leicestershire - and invited them to help out with tree planting!

Friday, 28th February 2014

Barefoot Walking Launches National Forest-Inspired Creative Project

Pupils from four Coalville Schools will be walking barefoot in The National Forest next week to gain inspiration for a music making project.

Wednesday, 29th January 2014

Tree-spirited adventures in The National Forest

A new magazine-style visitor guide for the National Forest & Beyond has been launched, packed full with ideas for family fun and tree-spirited adventures in and around The National Forest.

Monday, 27th January 2014

Holland & Barrett Announce Partnership with The National Forest

The UK's largest health-food retailer Holland & Barrett today launched a project to create four hectares of new woodland in The National Forest.

Friday, 17th January 2014

Lace Up Your Boots for the National Forest Way

The new National Forest Way long distance trail opens in May 2014, and takes walkers on a fascinating journey through a transforming landscape at the heart of the Midlands.

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.

Thursday, 21st November 2013

The National Forest Wins Strong Endorsement in Government Review

The National Forest Company (NFC), a non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) supported by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has received ringing endorsement in a highly positive government review, published on Thursday 21 November.

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.

Tuesday, 29th October 2013

Grow a Tree From Seed and Plant an Oak Tree in The National Forest

This weekend make the most of the beautiful autumn sunshine and collect acorns to grow your very own oak tree to plant in The National Forest.

Wednesday, 16th October 2013

New Appointments to The National Forest Company Team

The National Forest Company (NFC) welcomes two new members to the team based at Moira in Leicestershire.

Tuesday, 8th October 2013

Cakes, Chocolate and Cheese at The National Forest Food & Drink Fair

The National Forest will be centre stage at the National Forest Food & Drink Fair at Rosliston Forestry Centre on Sunday 13 October.

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.

Friday, 20th September 2013

Great British Bake Off Fever Hits The National Forest!

The National Forest Food & Drink Fair takes place at Rosliston Forestry Centre on Sunday 13 October, with baking competitions and a Farmers' Market.

Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

Sponsor Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Runners in The National Forest 10K

PHS Direct, sponsor of The National Forest, is sending a record number of competitors to this year's National Forest 10K, which kicks off from Conkers Discovery Centre on Sunday 15 September.

Monday, 2nd September 2013

Ash Dieback in The National Forest

The first outbreaks of the tree disease Ash Dieback have been reported in The National Forest near Albert Village in North West Leicestershire.

Thursday, 22nd August 2013

Click, Share, Like, for a Woodland Win!

Picture yourself in The National Forest woodland scene at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, for a chance to win a Plant a Tree gift.

Tuesday, 13th August 2013

Know your Adze from your Bandsaw: Woodworking Masterclasses at the National Forest Wood Fair

A series of woodworking masterclasses will entertain visitors to the National Forest Wood Fair on Monday 26 August at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire.

Tuesday, 6th August 2013

Pick it up and take it home!

The National Forest Company Chief Executive speaks out against those leaving their dog mess in the Forest.

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.

Monday, 3rd June 2013

Discounted advance National Forest Wood Fair tickets now available to purchase

Advance tickets are now on sale for the National Forest Wood Fair. With 20% discount on the gate prices, book in advance and get a fantastic family day out for just £20.

Monday, 29th April 2013

The National Forest Company Has Appointed a New Tourism Officer

The National Forest Company (NFC) has recently welcomed Richard Drakeley to its team.

Thursday, 11th April 2013

The Bingham Plants Trees in The National Forest to Lighten Christmas Landfill

The Bingham, a boutique hotel and restaurant located in Richmond, London, joined forces with the National Forest Company recently to plant trees in a new woodland in Derbyshire, on the northern boundary of The National Forest.

Wednesday, 27th March 2013

BBC TV's Rob Penn to speak at first Friends of The National Forest event

TV personality and woodsman Rob Penn (BBC 4 'Tales from the Wild Wood') is coming to The National Forest to speak at the very first Friends of The National Forest event on Saturday 13 April.

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.

Friday, 1st March 2013

Top UK wildlife photographers talk at Calke Abbey

Tickets are now on sale for an evening of spell-binding imagery, music and personal anecdote at Calke Abbey, to be held on Wednesday 24 April.

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."

Friday, 11th January 2013

Cutting the cake to celebrate ten years of tree-mendous tourism

The National Forest and Beyond Tourism partnership celebrated ten years of joint working this week, with a glass of champagne and cutting a magnificent cake complete with tree in full leaf.

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.

Wednesday, 7th November 2012

Guide for Developers and Planners in The National Forest: More Green Infrastructure Required

The National Forest Company has issued an updated version of its Guide for Developers and Planners.

Monday, 29th October 2012

Press Statement - Ash Dieback

Statement from Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company.

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.

Thursday, 4th October 2012

Duke Plants 8 Millionth National Forest Tree at St. George’s Park

Burton upon Trent; Tuesday 9 October 2012: The Duke of Cambridge will plant the 8 millionth tree in The National Forest, as a pin oak will be planted in the grounds of St. George's Park, The FA's new national football centre.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Natural Play Area Opens at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre

"Thank you Mrs Rutledge!" was the spontaneous cry from a 10 year old to his teacher, as he launched himself once again onto the new timber climbing frame at Hicks Lodge, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, as the new natural play area was opened recently.

Monday, 17th September 2012

Course Records Smashed for Second Year at National Forest 10k

Both the men's and ladies' course records were smashed this weekend in the National Forest 10K that took place on Sunday 16 September on the trails around Conkers at the Heart of 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.

Tuesday, 14th August 2012

Melbourne Announces Second Display for Forest of Drawings Winners

Entries for the "Forest of Drawings" competition will make their debut public display at the National Forest Wood Fair over the August Bank Holiday, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August, but now organisers of one of Derbyshire's major arts festivals have just announced a second showing at the Melbourne Festival.

Monday, 6th August 2012

Prizes Spur On Runners in The National Forest 10K

Runners in The National Forest 10K on Sunday 16 September will be running that bit faster this year following the announcement of the fantastic prizes they could win!

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.

Tuesday, 31st July 2012

Judges Agonise Over Forest of Drawings Competition

Organisers of the three major arts festivals came together at CONKERS to judge the National Forest Wood Fair's "Forest of Drawings" competition.

Wednesday, 4th July 2012

Independent Panel on Forestry Final Report

The Independent Panel on Forestry's final report is published today. It proposes that a public forestry estate is maintained, under a new body evolving from the Forestry Commission, which will champion all the benefits that forestry and woodlands can bring. The National Forest is cited as an example of increased access to local woodlands, good community engagement and economic impact through forestry.

Tuesday, 19th June 2012

New Bank Holiday Break Launched for The National Forest Wood Fair

With the May bank holidays over and the Jubilee bunting barely a memory, it is time to look forward to the August bank holiday with a new Wood Fair Short Break.

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.

Wednesday, 13th June 2012

Get in Training for The National Forest 10K

With three months to go until The National Forest 10K, which sets off from Conkers on Sunday September 16, it is time to get in training, is the advice from local running clubs. The National Forest 10K is a perfect introductory race for beginner runners but it is really important that training is built up slowly to avoid injuries such as shin splints.

Wednesday, 30th May 2012

Judges Announced for Forest of Drawings Competition

Organisers of the three major arts festivals in The National Forest have agreed to bring their expertise and artistic eye to judge entries for the National Forest Wood Fair's 'Forest of Drawings' competition.

Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

Mel the Monkey to Launch National Forest Fun by Bus

Mel the Monkey will be aping around Coalville on Tuesday 12 June giving out children's activity packs, crayons and story books to officially launch The National Forest Hopper.

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.

Wednesday, 25th January 2012

Eco-Friendly Pallet Company Plants Trees in the National Forest

CHEP, the Manchester-based global leader in pallet and container pooling services, has planted the first trees as part of its innovative sponsorship deal with the National Forest Company.

Wednesday, 11th January 2012

New Guides Encourage Visitors to 'Seize The Day'

The new 2012 National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guides urge visitors to stop putting off the things they have always wanted to do and tick off a few from their wish list in The National Forest.

Tuesday, 3rd January 2012

National Forest Wood Fair to be Two Day Event in 2012

The National Forest Wood Fair is to be a two day event this year for the first time in its eight year history.

Thursday, 22nd December 2011

Landowners Sign Up To Help Create The National Forest

Landowners from across the three counties of The National Forest have picked up awards from the National Forest Company, for their commitment in helping to create The National Forest.

Wednesday, 9th November 2011

Planning an Event Made Easier in the National Forest & Beyond

Planning an event in The National Forest has just got easier for event organisers thanks to a new guide from the National Forest Company.

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).

Wednesday, 14th September 2011

Flagship Wood for The Queen's Jubilee to be in The National Forest

The National Forest Company is delighted that The National Forest has been chosen as the site of a vast 460-acre publicly-accessible woodland as a national symbol to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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.

Thursday, 14th July 2011

CHEP Supports The National Forest to Create New Landscape

The National Forest Company has signed an innovative sponsorship deal with CHEP, the global leader in pallet and container pooling services. The agreement will result in the planting of more than 12,000 new trees in a six-hectare woodland at Normanton, Leicestershire, over the next three years.

Tuesday, 21st June 2011

A Bumper Load of Summer Fun in The National 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 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!

Wednesday, 11th May 2011

Opening Date Announced for Hicks Lodge, The New National Forest Cycle Centre

Pump up those tyres and saddle up! The new National Forest Cycle Centre at Hicks Lodge, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, will be open for business on Wednesday 1 June.

Thursday, 28th April 2011

Wedding Favours

Midlands couple Barry and Fay Harding gave trees as wedding favours when they got married last year, and family and friends gathered with them in The National Forest recently to plant the trees in a new woodland near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

Thursday, 28th April 2011

Good for Wood, Good For You: Promote Your Business at The National Forest Wood Fair

If your business, passion or hobby is anything to do with wood, then the National Forest Wood Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday (29 August) is the place for you.

Thursday, 31st March 2011

Forestry Minister at National Forest Forum

Jim Paice, MP, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, addressed an audience of over 100 people at the National Forest Forum, held on 31 March at Conkers Discovery Centre, Moira, Leicestershire.

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

Can Money Grow on Trees? Woodland and forestry investment seminar in The National Forest

A woodland investment seminar will be held on Friday 25 February at Rosliston Forestry Centre in South Derbyshire.

Thursday, 20th January 2011

The Wilder Side of Wildlife - Visit the National Forest & Beyond in 2011

A new campaign to attract more holiday makers to the National Forest & Beyond has been launched with a visit to the zoo.

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.

Thursday, 6th January 2011

Awards for New Woodlands in The National Forest

57 hectares of new woodland and other wildlife habitats are to be created across the three counties of The National Forest over the coming months, thanks to the National Forest Company's forest creation schemes and the commitment of local landowners.

Tuesday, 21st December 2010

Date Announced for National Forest Wood Fair 2011

The date has been announced for next year's National Forest Wood Fair. It will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire.

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.

Friday, 29th October 2010

An Enchanting Christmas in The National Forest

Set deep in the heart of The National Forest lies an enchanting woodland grotto - Conkers Winter Wonderland.

Thursday, 21st October 2010

Funding Boost for Environmental Education in The National Forest, Thanks to Rolls-Royce

Funding for an award-winning environmental education project has been extended, thanks to a renewed commitment by Rolls-Royce to The National Forest.

Thursday, 14th October 2010

No Bonfire for the National Forest Company

The National Forest Company is to continue in its present form, following the Government's review of arms' length bodies, Francis Maude, head of the Cabinet Office, announced today (Thursday 14 October).

Tuesday, 21st September 2010

Success for the First Ever National Forest 10K and Family Fun Run

Hundreds of runners raced around the scenic circuit in the first ever National Forest 10K and family fun run, which took place on Sunday 19 September.

Monday, 13th September 2010

Wood in Construction: Promoting the innovative use of timber in building design in and around The National Forest

A seminar on the subject of the use of Wood in Construction will take place in The National Forest on Wednesday 3 November, at the National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent.

Monday, 13th September 2010

Public Value Research and the Socio-Economic Impact of The National Forest

The National Forest Company has recently published new findings on the social and economic impact of the Forest's creation.

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.

Thursday, 26th August 2010

From Royal Commission to Baby Bear at the National Forest Wood Fair

Mike Painter, wood carver extraordinaire, has taken on an unusual project for the National Forest Wood Fair, to be held on August 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.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2010

BBC Countryfile Film in the Forest

Crews from BBC Countryfile spent two days filming in The National Forest last week for a programme that will be aired on 8 August.

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.

Wednesday, 7th July 2010

The National Forest Wood Fair: A Great Day Out at the End of the Summer

If you're looking for a great day out as the perfect end to the summer holidays, get along to the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire, on August Bank Holiday Monday (30 August).

Wednesday, 16th June 2010

The National Forest Wood Fair - How Will You Get There?

The region's premier 'green' event - the National Forest Wood Fair - has just got greener!

Friday, 28th May 2010

What's New in The Forest for the Summer

The latest Forest Scene - the newsletter for The National Forest - is packed with summer fun and news about the Forest.

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, 9th March 2010

Fruits and Flowers: Roundlet Wood, a Colourful Corner of The National Forest

On Saturday 6 March, children from Melbourne Infants School, friends and families planted the last few English Oaks in the new Roundlet Wood, at the top of Cockshut Lane, Melbourne.

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, 27th January 2010

Food Fresh From The National Forest

The latest edition of the National Forest Food Guide is hot off the press!

Thursday, 21st January 2010

Landowners Help Create The National Forest

Landowners in The National Forest were congratulated last week for the part they are playing in creating the Forest.

Wednesday, 13th January 2010

New National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide Launched

The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide for 2010 was launched today at an event at Newton Park, near Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

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.

Wednesday, 4th November 2009

Snow Leopard, Survival Skills, Bothies and Bodgers: The New Edition of Forest Scene is Out Now

The new edition of Forest Scene is bursting with news and stories from The National Forest. For walkers or cyclists; photographers or poets; for those who want to plant one tree or a whole woodland, there is something for everyone in Forest Scene– plus two pages of events from now until May 2010.

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.

Tuesday, 20th October 2009

Record-Breaking Attendance at The National Forest Wood Fair

Attendance figures for the National Forest Wood Fair grew by more than 2,000 this year, exceeding all expectations.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2009

Counting the Wood in the Trees

There are already over 10m trees in The National Forest. A recent study has shown that the Forest will become a significant source of timber over the next three decades and easily able to sustain the growing interest in wood and timber products.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2009

'It was Buzzing!' - The National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday

The razor-sharp axes of the lumberjacks and hungry throttle of the chainsaws set the fifth National Forest Wood Fair buzzing yesterday.

Thursday, 27th August 2009

National Forest Wood Fair - A Wild Day Out for the Holiday Weekend

It’s a fine forecast for the last holiday of the summer! Make the most of a great Bank Holiday day out and get along to the National Forest Wood Fair in Leicestershire.

Thursday, 27th August 2009

Australian Axeman at The National Forest Wood Fair

An Australian axeman will join top UK lumberjacks at The National Forest Wood Fair, Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire, on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August.

Tuesday, 11th August 2009

Discover Seasonal Food On Your Doorstep in the Summer Issue of the National Forest Food Guide

The National Forest has such a fantastic choice of locally produced food but how do food lovers find out what is available? Well, help is at hand with the summer issue of The National Forest Food Guide out today.

Monday, 27th July 2009

Talking Trees at the National Forest Wood Fair

Top tree experts are poised to entertain visitors in the new Talks Tent at the National Forest Wood Fair, to be held on August Bank Holiday Monday.

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

Power up for Chainsaw Speed Carve at The National Forest Wood Fair

A throttle full of chainsaw carvers will set the sawdust flying at The National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August.

Tuesday, 30th June 2009

Fleet Footed in the Forest

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

Wednesday, 3rd June 2009

Get the Date in Diaries for The Heart of the Forest Tour

The dates of the Heart of the Forest Open Top Bus Tour have just been announced. The hop-on, hop-off ‘Heart of The Forest Tour’ will start on Friday 24 July and run every Friday for the six weeks of the summer holidays (until Friday 28 August), with four tours per day.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2009

National Bike Week Arrives in The National Forest

For the first time, The National Forest will be celebrating National Bike Week, a national celebration of cycling, with a range of guided rides in and around the Forest, all free of charge.

Wednesday, 6th May 2009

Timber!

An unfamiliar cry rang out in The National Forest recently. It was the start of the One Tree project that will culminate at the National Forest Wood Fair in August, telling the story of how and why woodlands are managed.

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.

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

\'Green Gold\' - Minister Launches New Delivery Plan for The National Forest

Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, launched the new Delivery Plan for The National Forest 2009 – 2014, during a visit this week to The National Forest.

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.

Tuesday, 10th February 2009

The National Forest: Raising More than the Curtain with the Leicester Comedy Festival

The National Forest has teamed up with Leicester Comedy Festival to invite performers, venues, sponsors and audiences to create Comedy Wood. Playing for more than just laughs, the Comedy Wood campaign is part of an initiative to ‘green up’ the Festival, and organisers hope to create a new wood within the 200 square miles of The National Forest.

Monday, 9th February 2009

Everyone\'s A Winner: Success for First Year of New National Forest Scheme

Successful applicants for the first National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme have received their certificates at a special presentation event held at The Waterfront, Barton Marina.

Thursday, 15th January 2009

Local food flavours tourism launch at Grand Prix Circuit

A packed audience for the launch of the 2009 National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide was thrilled to be greeted as ‘the first crowd to be welcomed to the home of the 2010 British Grand Prix.’

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.

Thursday, 18th December 2008

The National Forest Wood Fair - Showing Good Growth

Organisers of the National Forest Wood Fair are keen to make contact with woodworkers and craftspeople who love wood, with a view to attending this, the only wood fair in the Midlands.

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.

Friday, 10th October 2008

Celebrating Success with The National Forest

“As a merchant that sells ‘green’ products for domestic use, we wanted to celebrate the opening of our 300th branch in a sustainable way,” explained Alan Ball, Managing Director of Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), at a National Forest Company event last week. “Our head office is in Lutterworth, so supporting The National Forest is the perfect option.”

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, 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.

Monday, 8th September 2008

Forest Winners: National Awards for Top National Forest Attractions

Two popular National Forest projects have beaten hundreds of organisations across the UK to take top honours in the 2008 National Lottery Awards. Get Active in the Forest, based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, and the Armed Forces Memorial, both situated in The National Forest at the heart of the Midlands, won two out of the seven categories.

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 £1.2 million from external public and private sources – the highest ever.”

Thursday, 28th August 2008

Record Numbers at the National Forest Wood Fair

Record crowds delighted exhibitors and organisers at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday. Over 3,300 people from all over the Midlands flocked to this, the fourth annual Wood Fair, and enjoyed a fine day to celebrate trees, timber and woodland, in the spectacular National Forest setting of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

Tuesday, 26th August 2008

Advantage West Midlands Invests in Destination Forest

Visitors to The National Forest will soon be able to get more from their trip to the Forest thanks to a grant of £250,000, towards a £350,000 project, from Advantage West Midlands (AWM) - the Regional Development Agency for the West Midlands. The National Forest Company has been awarded the funding, to put the Forest destination on the map and ensure visitors make the most of the huge number of things to see and do in the area.

Wednesday, 9th July 2008

Have your say on Sandholes

Residents living near Sandholes in Midway are invited to view new plans for the proposed ‘makeover’ at an on-site event on Saturday 19 July 2008. Staff from the National Forest Company, Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire and South Derbyshire District Council will be on hand from 10am to 2pm to discuss the proposed changes, many of which restore and maximise nature conservation features on the site.

Tuesday, 29th April 2008

New Exhibitors at The National Forest Wood Fair

Vinegar-soaked oak will add a distinctive new flavour to the National Forest Wood Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Monday, 21st April 2008

A Riot of Colour Bursting Across The National Forest

The National Forest is predicting a riot of colour across the landscape this summer with wildflowers bursting into bloom from June onwards.

Monday, 14th April 2008

Sence Valley: A Wildlife Haven in The National Forest

Visitors to Sence Valley Forest Park in The National Forest are now able to identify the abundant wildlife in the park thanks to new innovative information points just installed.

Wednesday, 2nd April 2008

Discover a Forest in the Making at Beacon Hill Country Park

Visitors to Beacon Hill Country Park can wander through new woodlands planted as part of The National Forest and learn more about this Forest in the Making.

Tuesday, 18th March 2008

Even More Reason to Walk in the Woods in The National Forest

Walk in the Woods month is just around the corner and there is even more reason to dust off the walking boots and head for the Forest, as the first ever National Forest Walking Festival takes place from 17-26 May.

Wednesday, 12th March 2008

National Award for The National Forest Company

An inaugural award for best practice in sustainable development was presented to the National Forest Company and some of its key partners in London last week (March 6).

Tuesday, 11th March 2008

Witness a Growing Forest at Snibston

Visitors to Snibston can not only discover the huge variety of attractions, woodlands and events in the area, but also witness the growing Forest through a short animated movie at its new information stop.

Tuesday, 5th February 2008

A Bumper Load of Easter Fun in The National Forest

A whole host of Easter events are taking place across The National Forest.

Tuesday, 29th January 2008

Food in the Forest at the Click of a Mouse

Food lovers can discover the fabulous food of the Forest with the National Forest Food Guide.

Wednesday, 16th January 2008

Focus on \'Green Tourism\' at National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide Launch

The 2008 National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide was launched yesterday (Tuesday 15 January) at the new eco-friendly YHA National Forest near Conkers, Leicestershire.

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.

Wednesday, 2nd January 2008

Moto Links Up with The National Forest to Make Donington Park Service Area Gateway to Growing Destination

Moto, the UK\'s largest provider of Motorway Service Areas, has teamed up with The National Forest to make Donington Park Service Area a \'Gateway\' to this forest in the making.

Monday, 10th December 2007

Royal Seal of Approval For New National Forest Sculpture

A stunning new sculpture in The National Forest received a royal seal of approval recently.

Monday, 10th December 2007

YHA Blossoms in Forest

YHA is ready to welcome the first guests to its brand new £1.78million Youth Hostel in the East Midlands.

Tuesday, 30th October 2007

Danielle Wins National Forest Job

The National Forest Company has appointed 23 year old Danielle Lea-Smith to the new one year post of Graduate Forestry Officer.

Tuesday, 30th October 2007

Two New Roadside Information Stops Launched in The National Forest

Residents in The National Forest and visitors passing through can find out more on the local area through two new roadside information stops.

Friday, 28th September 2007

Iconic Sculpture Taking Shape at Rosliston Forestry Centre in The National Forest

Work has started on a new sculpture at Rosliston Forestry Centre to form an iconic entrance into the vibrant visitor attraction.

Wednesday, 12th September 2007

Woodland Shelter to be Wildlife Haven in The National Forest

Woodland shelters, installed as part of the National Forest’s Visitor Infrastructure Project, will become wildlife havens thanks to an imaginative design incorporating a ‘living roof’. The designs for the shelters, released today, will not only provide innovative information points for visitors but will also create important undisturbed habitats for plants, birds and insects.

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.

Tuesday, 4th September 2007

Popular Poplar - Model Entries at The National Forest Wood Fair

The Poplar Challenge proved to be a popular attraction at The National Forest Wood Fair held last week at Beacon Hill Country Park.

Wednesday, 29th August 2007

Dibbers, Dragons and Bodgers Have Their Day in the Sun at The National Forest Wood Fair

Record crowds flocked to The National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire on Monday (27 August) which is jointly organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council. Over 3,000 people enjoyed one of the best days of the summer, in a beautiful setting under blue skies and billowing clouds.

Tuesday, 21st August 2007

"Holiday Weather at Last" - Official Forecast for the National Forest Wood Fair

The sun should be shining for The National Forest Wood Fair next Monday 27 August, when the marquees and stalls are set out at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Friday, 17th August 2007

Ashby Tourist Information Centre Gateway to The National Forest

Ashby de la Zouch Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has undergone a major makeover and was officially launched as a ‘gateway’ to The National Forest yesterday.

Tuesday, 31st July 2007

Twycross Zoo: A Wildlife Gateway to The National Forest

Both visitors and wildlife alike are being encouraged to travel between Twycross Zoo and The National Forest.

Monday, 30th July 2007

Special Deals for Groups

With a pocketful of special offers, groups will have even more reason to visit The National Forest & Beyond after the Group Leisure & Travel Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 20 to 21 September.

Monday, 23rd July 2007

Discover a Forest in the Making at Conkers at the Heart of The National Forest

Visitors to Conkers Discovery Centre at the Heart of The National Forest can find out more about The National Forest while having their picnics or sitting by the lakes.

Tuesday, 17th July 2007

Tall Tales and Trees to Climb - Tons of Fun for Kids at The National Forest Wood Fair

Stories and songs, arts and crafts – the woods are the place to be! Bank Holiday Monday 27 August promises to provide a fun-packed day for youngsters bringing their families to The National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

Wednesday, 13th June 2007

Have an Owling Good Day Out at The National Forest Wood Fair

A fine display of owls will join the array of attractions at this year’s National Forest Wood Fair, to be held at Beacon Hill Country Park, on Bank Holiday Monday August 27.

Wednesday, 16th May 2007

The Poplar Challenge 2007

Woodworkers from all over the country are invited to take part in a free competition to construct something creative from a ‘kit’ of poplar timber.

Monday, 30th April 2007

Youth Hostel is Tops

The first Youth Hostel to be built in The National Forest was ‘topped out’ recently, when Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Economic Partnership (LSEP), fixed the final piece of timber cladding into place.

Monday, 2nd April 2007

Distinguished Diggers Plant Trees for Wildlife

Mark Todd MP, Councillor Mike Lauro and Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, got stuck in to plant trees on David Wilson Homes’ Castleton Park Development near Church Gresley recently.

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.

Friday, 23rd February 2007

Where to See Wildlife In The National Forest

The National Forest Company has launched its first ever guide to the best places to see wildlife in the Forest.

Tuesday, 13th February 2007

Date Set For 2007 National Forest Wood Fair

The National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council have set the date for this year’s National Forest Wood Fair, to be held in the Forest on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, and the planning for one of the most exciting events in the countryside year is in full force.

Monday, 5th February 2007

Derby Youngsters Discover the Secret Life of Trees

Students from Merrill College were on hand to help children from Nightingale Infants School discover the secret life of trees today (Monday 5 February), at Rosliston Forestry Centre.

Monday, 29th January 2007

Get Back to Nature and Experience Woodland

Interest in woodland crafts and bushcraft skills is mushrooming according to Forest experts. More people are coming to The National Forest to try their hand at these ancient skills, inspired by programmes such as Ray Mears.

Wednesday, 10th January 2007

The National Forest is Boosting Local Pride, Research Shows

Local people have strong, positive perceptions of The National Forest and closely associate it with improving environmental and economic conditions in the area, according to the over-riding conclusions of new research published this month. (January 2007)

Wednesday, 10th January 2007

Woodland Survival Expert Launches The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guides

The National Forest & Beyond Partnership launched its 2007 Visitor Guides yesterday (9 January 2007), with the help of woodland survival expert, Jason Ingamells, at Rosliston Forestry Centre, Derbyshire.