About

The National Forest is a story of regeneration.

25 years ago, large swathes of the Midland’s 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.

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Our history

The National Forest started as an idea that, like a tiny seed, was planted and nurtured until it grew into what it is today - 200 square miles of mixed habitat forest, huge green lungs that have breathed life into a landscape and transformed communities and lives. Watch our Forest grow with our Forest map.

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What we do

For more than 25 years, we’ve been working with public, private, voluntary and community organisations to create the National Forest . One of the boldest environmental regeneration projects in the world, we are truly transforming a scarred landscape from black to green. But the story doesn’t stop here.

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Who we are

The National Forest Company leads the creation of The National Forest. Established in April 1995, it is a charity and Non-Profit Institution within the Public Sector, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Our Partners

Our partner’s invaluable support helps to deliver more tree planting, woodland management and community projects in the National Forest. Find out more about who we're working with and how they're making a difference.

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Partner with us

We work with a wide variety of businesses, from tourism to woodland, and clothing to beer, to support their environmental goals, align with our values and promote the Forest.

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