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Recent news releases

White-tailed eagle release
22 August 2019
The first white-tailed eagles to be reintroduced to England have been released on the Isle of Wight. The six young birds, the first to be returned to southern England for 240 years, are part of a five-year programme to restore this lost species led by Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation.  
Person doing forest works
06 August 2019
Forestry England is now a DfE approved apprenticeship employer-provider, delivering the Level 2 Forest Operative Apprenticeship to prepare its own apprentices for a career in forestry. The move is helping the organisation develop its workforce by providing essential skills within an environment that promotes and prioritises excellent health and safety standards.
Royal Mail special stamp collection
06 August 2019
Six forests of the UK feature on new Royal Mail special stamps to celebrate Forestry Commission centenary
Photo of Mike Seddon chief executive from August 2019
01 August 2019
Forestry England, the country’s largest land manager and the arm of the Forestry Commission that manages the nation’s forests, has a new chief executive. Mike Seddon has almost 30 years of experience in forestry and forestry policy and begins his new role today, 1 August 2019.
Gruffalo party pack
25 July 2019
Forestry England is celebrating their ongoing relationship with The Gruffalo as the nation’s favourite children’s picture book reaches its 20th anniversary. with a new downloadable Gruffalo Party Pack.
Boy with Gruffalo face paint eating a piece of cake
25 July 2019
To celebrate the Gruffalo’s 20th anniversary Forestry England has revealed their top 10 family picnic sites to enjoy this summer along with a fun, free activity pack full of forest activities and Gruffalo inspired picnic ideas. Great for birthday parties or family adventures, anytime, in any forest!
 Paul Weller honoured by Forest Live
17 July 2019
Paul Weller has completed a summer run of Forest Live dates with a performance in Cannock Chase Forest, Staffs. Forest Live is an annual concert series promoted by the Forestry England where an eclectic mix of artists perform in spectacular woodland locations across the country. Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Paul has been a real ambassador for the series, making his Forest Live debut at five venues in 2004 and subsequently returning three times to each of the seven forests that have since formed part of the tour. In recognition of generating over 145000 tickets sales to see Paul perform over the years, Forestry England presented him with a commemorative inscription carved out of oak burr taken from Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the Forest Live venues.
 Dam cute! Bouncing baby beaver born in Yorkshire
08 July 2019
Forestry England’s beavers in Cropton Forest have become parents, giving birth to two adorable kits. Video captured at the beaver site in Yorkshire shows the kits already swimming and settling into their new home with their mum. Beavers are born precocial, meaning they are a miniature version of adults, seeing well and moving independently from birth. Cath Bashforth, Ecologist, Yorkshire Forest District, Forestry England said: “We are all very happy to see the arrival of two healthy kits. With beaver being very social animals, the family unit will live together. “It is fascinating to watch them explore their surroundings and they are quickly learning from their parents. I’m really looking forward to watching them grow and bond as a family’
Cole up of long eared owl
02 July 2019
New surveys are underway in the South West of England to study Long Eared Owl populations. It's been a decade since the UK’s rarest breeding owl species were last studied in this area and their numbers are thought to have declined significantly in the past century. Now, Forestry England and the Hawk and Owl Trust are carrying out a major survey of the birds across Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall thanks to Forest Holidays' Conservation Fund.
Restoring Ratty
28 June 2019
The ‘Restoring Ratty’ conservation project to restore water voles to Kielder Water and Forest Park has won a prestigious award at the Chartered Institute of Ecology an Environmental Management (CIEEM)’s 2019 Awards. The project, which has reintroduced 1,205 water voles to the banks of Kielder’s watercourses, won the award for best practice in large-scale nature conservation.
Forestry England’s top 10 picnic spots
21 June 2019
It has been proven that spending time in the forest is good for our wellbeing, and what could be more joyous than spending time with your friends and family, sharing a picnic nestled amongst the nation’s forests magnificent trees?  To help you plan the perfect picnic this summer, here are Forestry England’s top 10 spots:
Forestry England’s top 10 family woodland rides
07 June 2019
To celebrate National Bike Week, Forestry England has revealed their top 10 family woodland bike rides. Cycling is an excellent way to experience the outdoors and a fantastic activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Bridgette Hall, Forestry England’s Head of Recreation says:
Video shows beavers settling into their new Yorkshire home
07 June 2019
Caught on camera having a good old scratch and chewing on their wooded surroundings recent footage from the trail cameras at the beaver site in Yorkshire shows that the beavers are settling in nicely to their new home.
Chelsea Flower Show award - The Resilience Garden
21 May 2019
The Resilience Garden has been awarded two prestigious awards at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
Photo of Resilience Garden
19 May 2019
The Resilience Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show has unveiled a sensational variety of plants and trees
Feel good Forest Walks Forestry England’s top 10 walks for your wellbeing
13 May 2019
Kate Humble, TV Presenter says: “Walking for me it’s a form of mediation, and the simple act of putting one foot in front of another has extraordinary benefits to my mental wellbeing. It helps me feel relaxed, less anxious and more creative. “Walks enjoyed in the nation’s forests can be particularly special. I love to follow trails through the trees where with every step you can enjoy the sounds, sights and smells of nature. Never knowing what wildlife is going to appear on my pathway makes me excited! There is something so simple about walking but the benefits are huge.” Escape the stresses of everyday life and soak up the spring sunshine on one of Forestry England’s carefully selected top 10 walks for your wellbeing.
 Earth Photo competition seeks images of world’s changing forests
18 April 2019
In celebration of Earth Day 2019, Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) are calling on aspiring and professional photographers alike to submit their images of what a changing forest means to them. ‘Changing Forests’ is the brand new category in Earth Photo, the innovative competition and exhibition which enables a better understanding of the world around us through the complementary disciplines of the Environment and Geography. The aim of the new category is to reveal the stories the world’s forests have to tell today, while teasing out the image’s back story.
Beavers arrive for Yorkshire trial
17 April 2019
Forestry England has brought a pair of Eurasian beavers from Scotland to Cropton Forest in Yorkshire for a revolutionary trial in natural flood management. Spanning five years the trial will assess will the impact of the beavers’ activity on the long-term sustainability and maintenance of the “slowing the flow” artificial wooden dams. The dams have been helping to protect areas including nearby Pickering from flooding. This will be the first time in the United Kingdom that the effects beaver have on artificial dams has ever been studied.
Big Forest Find - Michaela Strachan
16 April 2019
The Forestry Commission is inviting people to join the largest ever survey of England’s forest wildlife
Forestry England logo sunset woodland
05 April 2019
An environmental scheme to return New Forest streams and wetlands to their natural state has been chosen as one of the UK’s most important river restorations. Shortlisted as a finalist in the 2019 UK River Prize, the project has restored natural bends or meanders to over nine miles of streams in the New Forest National Park over the last nine years.
Close up of white-tailed Eagle over water
02 April 2019
Project will see the birds return to the Isle of Wight after an absence of almost 240 years
£5 million investment into new facilities unveiled at Alice Holt Forest
22 March 2019
The Forestry Commission has completed a £5 million project to create a host of new visitor attractions and facilities at Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham. The five year investment in the 2,000 acre public forest has seen the addition of a 120 seater café, a purpose built visitor centre, new outdoor activities plus a brand new activity centre opened to visitors today.
13 March 2019
SAVE OUR CEDAR! MALAWI’S NATIONAL TREE BRANCHES OUT BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM AND FOREST IN KENT SENDS SEEDLINGS TO THE EDEN PROJECT, CORNWALL Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, part of the Forestry Commission England, in Kent has sent the first seedlings of Mulanje cedar raised in the UK to be cared for by the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Steve Cram
06 March 2019
Earlier this year, Forestry Commission England launched the Forestry 100 Running series. This brand new series of 10k running events has been created as part of their 2019 centenary celebrations, helping to inspire a deeper appreciation of our forests.
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