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Creating Woodlands

The National Forest Company offers a range of unique funding schemes designed to encourage tree planting and the creation of wildlife habitats within the Forest's 200 square miles.

The Changing Landscapes Scheme (one hectare and above)

Changing Landscape Scheme graphic

If you have a site of over 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in The National Forest where you would consider creating woodland with other nature conservation areas, CLS will interest you. Applications to the CLS are invited between January and April 2013

Freewoods Scheme (0.25 – 1 hectare)

Freewoods graphic

If you have land that falls within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, and is less than one hectare (2.47 acres) in size, the Freewoods Scheme could help you design and create your own small woodland. Applications to Freewoods are accepted all year round.

Programme Development Fund (smaller projects)

Hedge Laying with branches

Owners and managers of key strategic sites, organisations, charities, local authorities, companies or individuals within the Forest area can apply for a range of funds for projects that directly benefit The National Forest. Funding is available for: site development; access and conservation (e.g orchards and hedgerows), heritage, communities, partnerships and management.

Parkland and Wood Pasture Scheme (0.25 – 5 hectares)

Cows Grazing

If you have land that you would like to plant less densely with trees then our new Parkland and Wood Pasture Scheme will interest you. Applications are accepted all year round.

Key to measurements:

  • 1 hectare = 2.47 acres
  • 1 acre = 0.4 hectares


19 Mar 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.

14 Mar 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!

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26 Apr 2014


Coalville, Leicestershire

Discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our lives at this award-winning interactive museum. From the earliest mining tools, proto-type jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London – there is plenty to explore. Assistance dogs only.

26 Apr 2014

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

22ndAugust 1485 a battle rages, King Richard III is defeated, Henry is crowned and the Tudor dynasty is born. Visit the award-winning exhibition and follow the King into battle, walk the Bosworth trail or simply enjoy a coffee in the medieval Tithe Barn restaurant.

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14 Mar 2014

The sound of chainsaws

Out and about in The National Forest at the weekend? If you’re headed for your local woodland, don’t panic if you hear the sound of chainsaws!

27 Jan 2014

'Just Passing By' and wassailing

Sophie and Carol visited Snibston and Donisthorpe over the weekend and shared some great community life in the Forest.

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