COVID-19 Statement:

Following the recent government announcement, we have now entered the second stage of the roadmap out of lockdown.

You can now spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation with a group of 6 people or in a group of any size with up to 2 households. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. We hope everyone can continue to enjoy walking and cycling through our woodlands and open spaces, however we must all take responsibility to ensure the National Forest remains safe for everyone to use. Please maintain social distancing and do not go on to sites if they are too busy and social distancing is difficult. This is essential to stop the spread of coronavirus.


 Please also continue to observe social distancing advice and to take care of the Forest by following the Countryside Code at all times.


For the latest information with regards to COVID-19 please see Gov.uk and the NHS guide.
 

The National Forest is a story of regeneration.

25 years ago, large swathes of the Midlands landscape had been left scarred by centuries of coal mining and other heavy industry. But a passionate group of people had a vision: a forest. The first forest to be created at scale in England for over 1000 years, it transformed and literally turned the landscape from black to green. But the story doesn't stop here. This is Our National Forest. It belongs to us all. The benefits must be felt by you and everyone to be truly sustainable.

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Activities

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Where we are

Here is a map of the United Kingdom indicating on it, the location of The National Forest, just north west of Birmingham.

The National Forest is right in the heart of the country, embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and aims to link the two ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood. With a history of coalmining and heavy industry, the landscape is now that of rolling farmland, ancient forests and new planted woodlands. Its main towns and villages include Burton upon Trent (famous for its brewing), Coalville and Swadlincote (formerly associated with the clay and coal mining industries) and the historic town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

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More about the Forest

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What we do

We're creating a Forest for everyone. Planting trees, connecting people with nature and greening our towns, so that everyone can experience the benefits of the Forest. 

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Support our work

By becoming a regular monthly donor of the National Forest, you can become part of the story and help to change lives, the landscape and the economy. 

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Grant opportunities

Do you have land in the National Forest and would like to help grow it? Or maybe you have an idea for a creative Forest project? View our funding opportunities.