Forestry England Arts

Spherical sculpture on water in mist
Intrastellar by Steve Messam, 2020

Contemporary art, design and architecture in the nation’s forests

Discover our innovative arts programme in a forest near you

Woodlands and forests are vital places for artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Since 1968 the nation’s forests have played host to a wide range of artworks and art forms.

Our programme supports artists, architects and designers to develop innovative ideas.

Contemporary arts in our forests include installations, trails, exhibitions and live performances. Explore the artworks and discover how the forest can shape our thinking. Find out more about the projects in our forests below. 

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We The Forest book in a forest setting

We the Forest book

Accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations, We the Forest draws on detailed Forestry England research and resources to bring to life the complexity of the forest ecosystem to young readers. 

Discover the magic of forests in our stunning new book.

Earth Photo

Established in 2018 Earth Photo is a world leading initiative dedicated to engaging with photographers and the prescient issues affecting our planet, aiming to stimulate conversations about our environment and the impact of climate change.   

Out of over 1,400 entries, a judging panel made up of experts from the fields of photography, film, geography and environment selected the Earth Photo 2023 shortlist: 128 photos and videos by 56 photographers and filmmakers.

A selection of the shortlisted images from 2024 entries will be on display at six of our forests between summer 2024 and spring 2025. 

Black and white photo of melting glacier
Retreating glacier, 2023 by Mae Macadam

Installations and trails

End profile view of Rachel Whiteread's Nissen Hut, Dalby Forest
Dalby Forest, near Pickering, Yorkshire

Visit the Nissen Hut by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread

RUUP by Birgit Oigus, Grizedale, 2018. Photo creds: Amelia Harvey
Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead, the Lake District

Discover the UK's first forest for sculpture

Stained glass hanging from trees
Beechenhurst, near Coleford, Gloucestershire

Visit the sculpture trail and discover the newly commissioned pieces installed this year

A rabbit warren with porcelain rabbit sculptures within.
Dalby Forest

This exhibition celebrates the collection of art works throughout the forest and launches the first Dalby Forest Arts Map.

View through a striking timber shelter structure with view in the distance
Kielder Forest, near Falstone, Northumberland

Explore a variety of inspiring artwork around Kielder forest

The Dream, art sculpture image at Sutton Manor forest
Sutton Manor, near St Helens, Lancashire

Visit the imposing sculpture at Sutton Manor Community Woodland

Explore past projects

Trees in a forest at sunsent

Discover the secret sounds of Beechenhurst’s trees, plants, soil and insects through this sound walk by artists artists Jez riley French and Lau Nau.

Future Forest sculpture

Since 1968 the nation’s forests have played host to a wide range of artworks and art forms.