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How are we doing?

Creating a new landscape takes time and sensitivity. To date the creation of the Forest has been under way for a little over a decade. However, over 8 million trees have already been planted, making green over 6,000 hectares of derelict coalfield land and mineral workings and through converting farmland to woods. Other wildlife habitats are also being created or brought back into proper management.

Annually, the progress of The National Forest is charted in the Annual Report

To find out more about the growth and expansion of The National Forest year on year, take a look at "The Growing Forest"

Sustainable Development Indicators

Riding bikes at Sarah's Wood

The National Forest is a national exemplar of sustainable development, demonstrating how wide-ranging environmental, economic and social objectives can be achieved at a landscape-scale for present and future generations.

Sustainable development has been at the heart of the Forest's creation since the publication of the first National Forest Strategy in 1994. In 2007, the NFC collated evidence against 20 sustainable development indicators for a range of environmental, social and economic factors. These indicators were chosen to measure the Forest's contribution to national sustainable development indicators and the UK Sustainable Development Strategy, as well as measuring progress against the objectives of the National Forest Strategy 2004-14.

The intention is to monitor the indicators and publish updates every 3-5 years. The first review took place in late 2010, when the NFC gathered information to determine progress against the original indicators.

The 20 indicators have been updated - see 2010 Sustainable Development Update Report.


13 Mar 2018

New National Forest Festival 'Timber' first wave programme

Major new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests has started to reveal its programme of artists, performers and areas festival-goers will adventure through for its inaugural edition this July. Highlights include music headliners Jane Weaver and This Is The Kit, a keynote address from Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterby’s new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

12 Feb 2018

New e-bike holiday company signs up to support the National Forest

A new e-bike holiday company, recently opened in the National Forest, is the latest business to sign up to the National Forest Company’s ‘forestlife’ campaign.

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18 Mar 2018

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Market Bosworth, Warwickshire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

20 Mar 2018

Woodland Survival Crafts

Coalville, Leicestershire

Quality Bushcraft courses for families, schools, outdoor professionals and businesses from one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft in the UK.

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17 Jan 2017

Help Shape the Future of Leicestershire's Volcano

Charnwood Forest Regional Park, one of the most iconic parts of The National Forest, is the focus of a new landscape partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

10 Jan 2017

All's well that ends well...

As we all start the year planning our big - and smaller - adventures for 2017, enjoy this blog from a couple of the National Forest Way rangers. Maxine and Chris improvise their way through a field of cows: they know how it should be done, but we read how they actually manage, with hilarious results. Overall, a message about being wary enough but not letting it stop you having a good walk. Happy walking this year, everyone!

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