Celebrating 100 years of forestry

100 years of forestry 1919-2019

In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s timber reserves in the wake of the First World War, after the passing of the Forestry Act.

We are now England’s largest landowner and look 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 resilient to the challenges of a changing climate.

In 2019, we will celebrate 100 years of forestry with a cultural programme marking our history and looking ahead to the next century.

Explore our programme below and join the conversation with #forests100  

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Digital visualisation of the Resilience Garden

The Resilience Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden for 2019 to celebrate the forests of the future

The Big Forest Find

Record the wildlife in your local forest
End profile view of Rachel Whiteread's Nissen Hut, Dalby Forest

Nissen Hut

A sculpture by Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread marking 100 years of forestry
Bedgebury Cherry Blossom avenue

Centenary avenues and glades

Commemorative trees planted across the country
Runners on a forest road

Forestry Run 100 series

A series of 10km running events in our forests across the country
Volunteers planting trees in the forest

The Custody Code

A film telling the behind-the-scenes story of our forests
Woman looking up into forest canopy

Writers in the forest

New literary work inspired by the forest
Forestry Commission staff inspecting trees for aphids

Google Expeditions

Bringing forests to life in new ways for the next generation
View from Symonds Yat Rock in spring
Symonds Yat Rock, Forest of Dean
End profile view of Rachel Whiteread's Nissen Hut, Dalby Forest

Nissen Hut

A sculpture by Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread marking 100 years of forestry