In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War, and the passing of the Forestry Act.

We are now England’s largest land manager looking after over 1,500 forests. We deliver internationally renowned research in sustainable forestry and help other landowners make their woodlands more productive, better for wildlife, and prepared for the challenges of a changing climate.

This year we are celebrating 100 years of forestry, and looking ahead to the future.

Join the conversation with #forests100  

Stay up to date with how to get involved throughout 2019:

Future Forest sculpture

Future Forest

A dramatic sculptural installation reflecting the role of forests in protecting our environment

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Royal Mail special stamp collection
A new stamp collection celebrates stunning UK forest landscapes
Big Forest Find
Join England's largest survey of forest wildlife in your local forest
Kate Humble looking up at canopy
Seeking adventure, making memories or finding escape... What does spending time in the forest mean for you?
People running in an event
A series of 10km running events in our forests across the country
Photo of Resilience Garden
A garden for 2019 to celebrate the forests of the future
Broadleaf autumn canopy
Take a moment to add a story, poem or memory to the online gallery
Bedgebury Cherry Blossom avenue
Commemorative trees planted across the country
Carol Ann Duffy
The poet laureate has created new work to celebrate our centenary
Volunteers planting trees in the forest
A film installation by artist Amanda Loomes, revealing stories from the working forest
Nissen Hut sculpture through the trees
A sculpture by Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread marking 100 years of forestry
Woman writing in a notepad by a pond
New literary work inspired by the nation's forests
Forestry Commission staff inspecting trees for aphids
Bringing forests to life in new ways for the next generation
Centenary book

British Forests book

The story of forestry in Britain over the last one hundred years
Forest from the sky

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