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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 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.

Find out more below about how we celebrated this milestone.

Future Forest sculpture
Tom Piper MBE and Lisa Wright, Future Forest, 2019

 Our centenary celebrations

Royal Mail special stamp collection
A new stamp collection celebrates stunning UK forest landscapes
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 in new ways for the next generation
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
Broadleaf autumn canopy
Browse our online gallery celebrating trees and forests
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