Know before you go

Spring in the forest

Know before you go

England's forests are visited by millions of people every year.

Whether you're walking, dog walking, cycling, bird watching or simply taking in the view, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit. We have a number of guides which aim to ensure everyone can enjoy what our forests have to offer today, and long in to the future. 

Fir trees by stream

The Forest Code

Our Forest Code aims to make sure you, and visitors for generations to come, enjoy what nature has to offer.

Staying safe on your bike

Keep cycling safe and enjoyable for everyone by following our cycling safety tips and information.

Whinlatter family biking
Couple on dog walk along easy access trail

The Forest Dog Code

Four simple steps to keeping you and your dog safe in the forest.

Caring for the forest - Biosecurity

Biosecurity is the set of precautions we take to stop the spread of diseases and pests in our forests.

You can help keep the nation's trees and plants healthy by following these steps.

Aerial image of Cannop Ponds, surrounded by forest
Fungi on forest floor

The Forest Fungi Code

Help us to protect the forest fungi.

Permits for events and activities

Thinking of hosting a sport or educational event, group activity or scientific research on Forestry England land?  You may need a permit from us.  

We need to balance the needs and safety of all our visitors, wildlife conservation and sustainable timber production when issuing permits.  We usually need at least eight weeks to consider your application.

If you wish to use the nation's forests as a filming location please visit our filming in the forest page.

Women running in the dark with light up ears on lit by colourful lights

Keep exploring...

Kielder Forest and Water Park view through trees
How Forestry England manages forests.
Summers day in the forest with bright greenery and lily-pads in pond
Search for a forest near you and plan a great day out.
Man cycling at Hicks Lodge
Discover green spaces, dedicated cycling trails, skills areas and mountain bike trails.
People in forest
Discover walks and trails at a forest near you.