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Exciting opportunities in the nation's forests

Businesses thrive in the nation's forests

Forestry England have a diverse range of recreation businesses operating in the nation's forests.  From cafes to ice cream and burger mobile catering, gift shops to bike hire and Segways.  Team building activities, external training courses and paintballing to seasonal business such as Christmas tree sales. The variety and quality of the businesses we work with help to make the nation's forests special places to visit.

Explore current opportunities below or get in touch to propose something new.

Catering Unit Concessions – Forestry England Devon & Cornwall 

Forestry England have a future concession requirement for catering units at a number of sites across Devon and Cornwall. Theses sites include Mamhead (Haldon Forest), Bellever Forest, Abbeyford Woods, Cann Wood, Shell Woods and Idless Woods.

Forestry England are currently scoping our requirements to ensure that the specification of requirements and future tender documentation accurately reflects the current offerings of the market.

We intend to publish a procurement exercise for this requirement in early Autumn 2024. 

We invite companies from the market to register their interest in this future requirement and provide feedback on potential clarification on the feasibility of our emerging plans. Suppliers should register their interest by no later than Monday 12th August 2024 to the following email address: claire.hodges@forestryengland.uk


Invitation to Tender – Treetop Walkway Experiences Concession

Invitation to Tender submissions being invited for the introduction of Treetop Walkway Experiences at selected Forestry England sites.

We are the largest provider of countryside leisure in England serving millions of visitors annually. To meet our objective to grow and enhance our recreation offer, we are continually looking for new products, services and activities that meet the needs of our diverse customers and that complement our ethos to connect people to the nation’s forests.

We are experienced at working with a range of partners to deliver products, services and activities that meet the needs of our visitors. If you feel you would like to join us on our journey, we would love to hear from you.

We will be awarding Lease(s) for the provision of a world class, architecturally spectacular, high-quality exciting and iconic, fully accessible and inclusivetreetop walkway experience concession to be sited at a limited number of sites across the nation’s forests that will contribute a market rate financial return to Forestry England. 

We are seeking to work with and will award this opportunity to a single partner to Fund, Design, Construct and Operate a new treetop walkway experience concession at selected Forestry England sites

We welcome prospective partner bids for this opportunity available at up to four Forestry England sites. Partners will need to demonstrate their experience and capacity to deliver in their tender submission. The successful partner will secure the opportunity to deliver at all four sites and will discuss with Forestry England following award the sites that will be taken forward. 

The annual estimated turnover value of this concession opportunity is £3m per location. The estimated total turnover for the entire period will be in the region of £90m - £360m depending on the number of sites mobilised following award and uptake of the extension option.

Detailed information and key dates relating to this Invitation to Tender can be found in our electronic tender system.[NT1]  Submission will only be accepted through the E-Procurement system.

Deadline for tender submissions is noon onFriday 13th September 2024.


Expression of Interest - Aerial Coasters

Expressions of interest are invited for commercial opportunities for Ariel Coasters across Forestry England sites.

We are the largest provider of countryside leisure in England serving millions of visitors annually. 

To meet our objective to grow and enhance our recreation offer, we are continually looking for new products, services and activities that meet the needs of our diverse customers and that complement our ethos to connect people to the nation’s forests.

We are experienced at working with a range of partners to deliver products, services and activities that meet the needs of our diverse visitors. If you feel you would like to join us on our journey, we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking businesses that feel they could be suitable partners and have experience operating similar products or experiences at outdoor attractions and would be interested in providing and operating Aerial Coaster experiences for introduction at our sites.

Further information and expectations regarding the submission of an expression of interest for this opportunity can be found in the following documents.  

Deadline for EOI submissions is Friday 13th September 2024.

Submissions should be sent to operationsadmin@forestryengland.uk prior to the deadline.


Expressions of interest are invited for commercial marketing partnerships

We are continually looking for commercial marketing partnerships and sponsorship that meet our marketing objectives.

We have a range of events that can be sponsored and we are happy to talk to companies and organisations about innovative ways to explain who we are and what we do and promote our sites to their customers.

Our objectives are:

  • Inform people about our work
  • Raise awareness of our sites, events, activities and membership
  • Raise awareness of the importance of trees, woods and forests

We have recently worked with companies to promote our forest and activities via their websites and apps. We would be interested in hearing about other similar opportunities.

Expressions of interest in this work can be made at any time by contacting marketing@forestryengland.uk 

We always encourage innovative ideas and proposals so if you have a business that will thrive in the nation's forests please email us at : info@forestryengland.uk

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