The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
Bridge covered in snow

Christmas at home and in your local forest

Wellies crunching through twigs and leaves. Steaming hot chocolate and a cheek-warming tea. Forest trails to follow, and finding your perfect tree.

Wrap up warm, pull on your boots and have a day to remember in the forest! If you're stuck inside, bring the festive spirit into your home with our selection of activities and virtual forest bathing.

Christmas membership giftcard

Gift a year of good memories

A Forestry England membership makes a unique present for Christmas. It's been a difficult year for everyone, but research suggest spending time connecting with nature, and especially being amongst trees improves our health and wellbeing. Ditch the plastic and put happiness at the heart of your gift this year.
Family shopping for Christmas trees in the forest

Pick up a Christmas tree

Our sustainable, UK-grown Christmas tree shops will open soon, so please check local opening days and times before visiting. With fresh forest air, beautiful lighting and an atmosphere to match, it's more than just a tree - it's a family tradition.
Forest Holidays cabin on a crisp winters day

Win £250 towards a cosy cabin break with Forest Holidays

Enjoy a stay in a secluded location offering a retreat from the everyday. You'll also receive a Forestry England Membership for your local forest, perfect for making sure 2021 is full of outdoor adventures!

Experience Christmas in the forest

Forestry Commission staff inspecting trees for aphids
03 October 2020
The expert's guide to choosing the best Christmas tree - Which type of Christmas tree is right for you? Choosing the best Christmas tree for you is easy - take our 1 minute quiz to find the perfect tree for you. Whether you prefer Lodgepole pine, Nordmann Fir, or Norway Spruce - discover which Christmas tree you should buy.
Children on Gruffalo Spotters trail

Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

Come to the deep dark wood to discover orienteering trails and giant Gruffalo sculptures, the Gruffalo Spotters 2 augmented reality app, or download our fantastic resources for fun at home.

Search for your nearest activities below, or read on to find out more about the Gruffalo in the forest.

Frosty crosscliff at Dalby forest taken by Tony Bartholomew
10 October 2019
Leading psychiatrists and the largest provider of outdoor recreation in England are urging people to continue venturing outdoors this autumn and winter to improve their mental health.
Bedgebury National Pinetum Marshal's Lake view dawn sunrise winter
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Bring the festive forest into your home

Festive family activity sheets
Family activity
06 November 2020
From making the perfect decorations to spruce up your spruce, to designing a pot for your sapling. Download these craft ideas to make this Christmas the best yet!
Snow dusted forest path and trees
06 November 2020
During this uncertain time Forestry England is bringing you our virtual gallery of calming forest photos to escape, relax and unwind and perhaps try some Forest Bathing. 
Sustainable Christmas tree decorations
06 November 2020
Give plastic the cold shoulder this year with our top tips for making your Christmas tree even greener!
Christmas tree pine needles
15 October 2020
If you're planning on buying a real tree this Christmas, we've got some expert tips on keeping those pine needles looking and smelling fresher for longer. Whether you chose a Norway spruce or a lodgepole pine from our home-grown selection, following our 5 top tips for Christmas tree care will ensure you have a happy looking tree right through to the new year.