Celebrating 100 years of forestry

100 years of forestry 1919 - 2019

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.

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Photo of Resilience Garden

The Resilience Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

A garden for 2019 to celebrate the forests of the future

Join us in celebrating our centenary

Big Forest Find
Join England's largest survey of forest wildlife in your local forest
People running in an event
A series of 10km running events in our forests across the country
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 telling the behind-the-scenes story of our forests
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
Nissen Hut sculpture through the trees
Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018

Nissen Hut

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

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