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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.
18 February 2019
Hacienda Classical, the clubbing classical cross-over show has announced DJ’s and guest support for their unique concerts as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert dates this Summer.
Winter broadleaf woodland
13 February 2019
As part of its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission is calling on the nation to write about what trees and forests mean to them this Valentine’s Day.
White-letter Hairstreak_credit Peter Eeles, Butterfly Conservation
08 February 2019
Around 50 new Elm trees, loved by the rare White-letter Hairstreak butterfly, are being planted at Basing Wood in Hampshire this Valentine’s. The project by the Forestry Commission and wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, is hoping to attract these much admired butterflies into the Wood in a bid to prevent regional extinction.
Digital visualisation of the Resilience Garden
07 February 2019
Ginkgo, Monkey Puzzle & Japanese Cedar among unusual tree species in Forestry Commission garden at Chelsea
Jack Savoretti
04 February 2019
Jack Savoretti has added an extra date as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission, playing Sherwood Pines Forest in June.
Shape the future of forest management in the Forest of Dean
29 January 2019
The Forestry Commission is asking residents and visitors to the Forest of Dean to take part in a consultation for a new land management plan for the public forest estate – Our Shared Forest. Our Shared Forest aims to reshape and redirect the way the public forest estate in the Forest of Dean is managed.
22 January 2019
From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.
Whats it really like to run in the forest?
21 January 2019
Set across 16 beautiful forest locations, the Forestry 100 Running series allows you to experience the freedom, fresh air and scenery of running in the nation’s forests. You can choose any individual 10km event, or, take up the Forestry 100 Challenge and run 100km of forest trails throughout the series.
Jack Savoretti
21 January 2019
Jack Savoretti has added an extra date as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission, playing Cannock Chase Forest in July. Singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti releases his sixth studio album, ‘Singing To Strangers’ on Friday 15 March. Recorded in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s studio, the 12 track album features co-writes with both Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue. The album follows on from his last two gold discs ‘Written in Scars’ (2014) and ‘Sleep No More’ (2016). The special Forest Live gigs will see Jack and his band play material from his new album including latest single and BBC Radio 2’s Record Of The Week ‘Candlelight’ alongside classic Savoretti tracks.
11 January 2019
One of Britain’s best live bands, Stereophonics, have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission. Since their Best Newcomer Brit Award in 1998 in acknowledgment of their debut album, ‘Word Gets Around’, Stereophonics went on to become arguably the UK’s most popular rock band of the new millennium. Their ascendancy was driven by a succession of top ten hits such as ‘The Bartender and the Thief’, ‘Just Looking’, ‘Mr Writer’, ‘Have a Nice Day’ and ‘Dakota’ and No 1 albums ‘Performance and Cocktails’, ‘Just Enough Education to Perform’, ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’, and ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’
Hacienda hr credit Anthony Mooney
07 January 2019
Hacienda Classical have announced dates as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. The wildly successful clubbing classical cross-over show Hacienda Classical has seen 5-star reviews and landmark shows at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall among many memorable nights over the past three years.
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