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The National Forest

The National Forest is one of the country's boldest environmental projects, transforming 200 square miles in the centre of England.

The New National Forest Way

The new National Forest Way takes walkers through the length and breadth of this changing landscape.



Coming of Age: The National Forest Strategy 2014 - 2024


The new strategy for creating and developing The National Forest has been launched. The launch event celebrated the strong position of the Forest as it enters its next phase, a period of laying down the legacy and making the most of what has been created.

National Forest launch presentation
Read More: National Forest Strategy 2014 Ė 2024
Read More: Coming of age: The National Forest 2014 - 2024

See the films shown at the event:
2020Vision The National Forest - More than just some trees
The National Forest - Lives Transformed
Dan Rogerson MP - Minister for Forestry

Woodland Creation

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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.

Read more: Creating Woodlands

The NFC is encouraging woodland owners to look after their woods with a new Woodland Management Programme.

Read more: Woodland Management Programme




08 Aug 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.

08 Aug 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.

04 Aug 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.

Find more articles: News



22 Aug 2014

Sharpe's Pottery Museum & Coffee Shop

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Explore this award winning pottery site, exhibiting internationally important pottery and sanitary ware, plus The National Forest story. Visit the Tourist Information Centre, café, gift shop, playzone and activities for all.

24 Aug 2014

Donington le Heath Manor House

Coalville, Leicestershire

Visit this lovely 13thCentury manor house and enjoy the 17thCentury garden, exciting living history and hands-on events, and find out more about living in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times. Assistance dogs only.

Find more: Events


14 May 2014

May is a beautiful time to walk the newest long distance trail in England!

I finally finished walking the trail last weekend. As Media Relations Officer I like to know what Iím talking about and I wanted to get a feel for the trail as a whole.

14 Mar 2014

The sound of chainsaws

Out and about in The National Forest at the weekend? If youíre headed for your local woodland, donít panic if you hear the sound of chainsaws!

Find more: Blog

Where is The National Forest?

map of The National Forest

The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the English Midlands across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

Loads to see and do

Loads to see and do

On our Visit and Explore site you can find out about all the different things to see and do within the National Forest whether you are organising a school trip or booking a weekend away.

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Statistical Information

Read more: The Growing Forest

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The National Forest Shop

Celebrate any occasion with our range of great gift ideas.

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Plant a Tree Gift
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OS Explorer Map

OS Explorer Map
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