The National Forest: Headline Facts and Figures - May 2013
- Over 8 million trees have been planted since 1995.
- Forest cover has increased from an initial 6% to 19.5%. The aim is for around a third cover at the completion of planting, so we are more than halfway to that aim!
- 6,780ha of new Forest creation have been secured since 1991.
- In 2012/2013, 204ha of creation were added to the total area of Forest.
How the Forest is Planted
- Planting is achieved through a range of mechanisms, especially through private landowners; 304ha of new Forest creation has been secured to date through the Changing Landscapes Scheme introduced in 2008.
- 22% of all Forest creation has been achieved through the planning system.
- 87% of trees planted have been broadleaf species and 13% conifer.
- 80% of the total Forest creation achieved has open public access and a further 6% of sites have access planned (86% in total).
Wildlife & Nature Conservation
- Since 1995, over 2,033ha of habitats important for wildlife have been created or brought back into management.
- 94km (58.4 miles) of new hedgerows have been planted and over 150 new wildlife ponds have been created.
Public Participation, Education & Recreation
- Between 1995 and 2013, c249,000 people have participated in Forest-related events.
- Nearly 10,000 people have been involved in Plant a Tree events since 2001.
- 449,000 children have enjoyed environmental education sessions at Rosliston Forestry Centre since 1997 and Conkers from 2001.
- Over 45 new sport and recreation facilities have been created including fishing, mountain biking, orienteering, carriage driving, cross country horseriding and sledging.
- 102km of new cycleways have been created, including 60km of Sustrans routes and 16km of trails at the new Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre.
- Since 1997, over 24,000 workdays have been arranged in the Forest by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).
Investment & Regeneration
- The Forest has already provided a positive net public benefit of c£140m and is set to create long term benefits of around £700m when the Forest is completed.
- Since 1995, c£167m has been invested in Forest-related and regeneration projects and programmes.
- 333 jobs have been created/safeguarded through forestry, farm diversification to forest uses and woodland businesses.
- Tourism is worth £314m pa (£286m in 2003).
- There were 7.8 million visitors to The National Forest in 2011 and 4,437 tourism related jobs.
- Since 2003 £1,031,000 has been raised from business sponsorship and donations from the public.
- There are nine woodfuel installations in the Forest area, contributing towards renewable energy.