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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 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.

 How we celebrated in 2019

Kate Humble looking up at canopy
Seeking adventure, making memories or finding escape... What does spending time in the forest mean for you?
Forestry Commission staff inspecting trees for aphids
Bringing forests to life for the next generation through virtual tours
Woman writing in a notepad by a pond
New literary work published inspired by the nation's forests
Broadleaf autumn canopy
Browse the submissions celebrating trees and forests
Nissen Hut sculpture through the trees
A sculpture by Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread marking 100 years of forestry
Future Forest sculpture
A dramatic sculptural installation reflecting the role forests play in protecting our environment
Carol Ann Duffy
A new work by one of the country’s leading poets
Big Forest Find
England's largest survey of forest wildlife in your local forest
Photo of Resilience Garden
A garden for 2019 to celebrate the forests of the future
Bedgebury Cherry Blossom avenue
Commemorative trees planted across the country
Volunteers planting trees in the forest
A film installation by artist Amanda Loomes, revealing stories from the working forest
People running in an event
A series of 10km running events in our forests across the country