Who we are

Championing the vision for the Forest.

Established in 1995, the National Forest Company is responsible for leading the creation of the National Forest, working in partnership with landowners, businesses, public, private and voluntary organisations and local communities to deliver and champion the shared vision for the Forest. We are a charitable company limited by guarantee, governed by our Articles of Association and overseen by our Board of Trustees. We receive funding to assist in the delivery of the National Forest from our sponsor department, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as well raising income through fundraising.

Our people

People are always at the heart of what we do, driving our vision, creating our values and inspiring us to do more. That’s why we aim to be bold, challenge convention and celebrate the extraordinary; why we are open to ideas, pioneering in our approach, but ultimately down to earth. That’s who we are.

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How we work 

We can’t create the Forest alone. That’s why we work with and through our partners to make things happen. This involves: 


by championing the vision for the Forest and making it relevant


by facilitating partners to grow their activities


by stimulating new products or developing commercial viability


by growing activity and making it sustainable


by using innovation and best practice to lead change


by defining the brand of the Forest and aligning others to it

Our values 

The National Forest is about so much more than trees. We believe that:

Sustainability is achievable

Our Forest demonstrates how we can all live more sustainably. We believe that the Forest provides a place for businesses and communities to reconnect with the natural world and grow together.

Forests are for everyone

The Forest is an inclusive, accessible and welcoming place. We're developing a woodland culture where everyone has access to the benefits the Forest brings, and we want everyone to find something to love about forest life.

Trees transform things

Trees define our Forest, and the transformative power of trees continues long after they're planted. With the National Forest, we're changing lives, perspectives, and the way people and businesses coexist with nature.

Our accountability 

We understand that it’s important that we are always legal, open and honest as a business, so that it’s always clear what we are doing and how we are spending public money. 

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Job Opportunities

We're always looking for experienced and passionate people to join our growing team.

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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.

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