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Sand Lizard in forest
23 September 2021
A group of the UK’s rarest lizard – the Sand Lizard - have been released back into the wild in Dorset. Over 140 of these endangered species, bred at several locations including Marwell Zoo and Forestry England’s New Forest Reptile Centre, were released in a partnership project led by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) to return these species from near extinction.
Norway spruce
01 September 2021
A provenance trial studying Norway spruce trees growing from seeds sourced from 16 different European locations has got underway in a long-term project to identify trees likely to be resilient to climate conditions 50 years from now.
Pair of white-tailed eagles
01 September 2021
White-tailed eagles successfully returning to the English landscape. Reintroduction project releases a further 12 birds from the Isle of Wight. 
Woman artist in forest
01 September 2021
Grizedale revealed as the location to launch major new Sky Arts series, Landmark. This, the first of six programmes will air on 6 September 2021.
Autumn colours in a forest
01 September 2021
Met Office data shows that the south and south-east of England has been particularly wet this summer with around double the average rainfall in places.
Pine Marten on a fallen tree
30 July 2021
Conservationists have confirmed that pine martens, a species previously only thought to have survived largely in the North of England, have established a population in the New Forest in southern England. A team from Forestry England, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and Wild New Forest will be studying them over the next year to find out more about how these rare creatures are living in the Forest.
river with trees
22 July 2021
A call is being made for people across the world to contribute film footage and sound recordings of their favourite forests and woodlands for a collective film highlighting the impact of the climate emergency on the world’s forests.
Man holding Osprey
19 July 2021
Kielder chicks first of their kind for two centuries For the first time in at least 200 years chicks have been born to osprey fathers who themselves fledged in Northumberland.
Pine cones at Forestry England's seed extractory
27 June 2021
Forestry England are converting orchard-origin stands of twelve thousand Scots pine in Kings Forest, Suffolk, to secure high-quality seeds to meet their tree planting targets over the coming years.
Sun shining through trees onto grass by riverside
21 June 2021
In the lead up to COP26, as climate change and the alarming decline in biodiversity come into sharp focus, the country’s largest land manager Forestry England has launched a new partnership programme for businesses
family image
17 June 2021
Forestry England, the country’s largest land manager, has recorded the highest ever number of visits to the nation’s forests across England over the last year.
Butterfly feeding on wildflowers
16 June 2021
Hiding under leaf debris, tucked beneath cracked bark and flying in the tree canopy, insects exploit every nook of the nation’s forests.
10 June 2021
From February 1978 to May 1978 David Nash and his young family came to Grizedale Forest where he undertook the second artist’s residency opportunity which helped give Grizedale its name as the first Forest for Sculpture.
Children on Gruffalo Spotters trail
24 May 2021
Taking family forest walks to new heights, The Gruffalo is returning to the deep, dark wood in the latest exciting partnership between Forestry England, Magic Light Pictures and Nexus Studios
Rag'n Bone Man
21 May 2021
Rag‘n’Bone Man has added an extra date as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England, playing Delamere Forest in June 2022.
Man at work
19 May 2021
Susan Stockwell FRSS and early-career artist Florian Houlker will be the latest artists joining the list of leading international artists who have been invited to work in Grizedale Forest.
Trees and pond
18 May 2021
Forestry England’s, Bedgebury National Pinetum in Goudhurst, Kent has been awarded a Level 4 Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.
Two women smiling with race medals
21 April 2021
After the successful running series in 2019, Forestry England are again offering people a chance to challenge themselves and enjoy the freedom, fresh air and scenery of the nation’s forests this autumn in their new running series; Forest Runner.
His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh
13 April 2021
We have been greatly saddened at the Forestry Commission by the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. 
Staff standing by helicopter in forest clearing
07 April 2021
Forestry England have completed an unusual felling operation involving a specialist helicopter team to fell trees at Whinlatter Forest, within the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, which were affected by the tree disease Phytophthora ramorum.
Countryside image with trees and cows
31 March 2021
A new woodland creation scheme from Forestry England, which offers rent to landowners including public bodies, environmental NGOs and farmers, in return for a long-term lease, is launching this week.
2 people walking with dog
23 March 2021
As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease, many people are looking forward to being able to visit the nation’s forests again this Easter.
The forest live stage at Westonbirt Arboretum
22 March 2021
Forest Live, the outdoor summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country has been postponed to 2022.
17 March 2021
Following a detailed review of our operations, Forestry England propose closing Wykeham nursery in North Yorkshire to concentrate tree seedling production at our Delamere facilities in Cheshire. Closing the Wykeham site is proposed to take place in March 2022.
Woman on a phone call

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