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Forestry England news

Keep up to date with the latest news, press and events from around the nation's woods and forests.

Recent news

Holding acorns
News
20 October 2020
This autumn is a bumper year for acorns and fruits across much of the nation’s forests. Our oak trees have been producing a large crop of acorns this year, all because of one of nature’s mysterious events known as ‘masting’.
Group photo of Madness
News
16 October 2020
Madness have announced dates as part of Forest Live 2021, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
trays of tree seedlings growing in a large glasshouse
News
15 October 2020
Leading the way in their commitment to plant health and biosecurity are the custodians of the nation’s forests: Forestry England.
Photograph of Rag'n'Bone Man
News
02 October 2020
Rag‘n’Bone Man has announced dates as part of Forest Live 2021, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Keane band members
News
18 September 2020
Keane has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Car flying through the air at track racing event
News
10 September 2020
Forestry England are reviewing motorsports in the nation’s forests and are inviting the sector and local communities affected to share their views.
Lady sat on the ground drawing a tree
News
Artist in Residence
Trees and nature have inspired artists and visionaries for centuries. At Westonbirt a crucial part of our role is to find new ways to engage people with trees and the natural world.
bird on pen ledge playing with rope
News
17 August 2020
The return of white-tailed eagles to England has reached its next key milestone with the successful release of a further 7 birds on the Isle of Wight. The five-year reintroduction programme now in its second year is led by Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, and aims to restore this lost species after an absence of 240 years. 
Osprey chicks
News
28 July 2020
July is an exciting time for everyone involved with the Kielder ospreys when we get up close and personal with the new arrivals as the chicks are named and ringed.
Pine marten on a fallen tree at night
News
13 July 2020
Combined efforts to bring pine martens back to the Forest of Dean have just reached a major milestone – a number of recently released females have given birth to offspring.
2 baby beavers
News
02 July 2020
We are happy to announce a new addition to the beaver family at Cropton Forest, with the arrival of another healthy baby kit.    This brings the total number of youngsters on site to three, alongside the two adults initially introduced. The two kits born in May last year have both progressed very well, pulling their weight with various work tasks, and are now helping their parents take care of the new youngster. 
WAREHAM FOREST FOLLOWING DEVASTATING WILDFIRE
News
01 July 2020
Forestry England has launched a fundraising appeal in response to offers of help from the community to restore Wareham Forest in Dorset after a devastating wildfire destroyed around 15% of this critically important conservation area.
essential work preparing seedlings for planting in forests and woodlands.
News
04 June 2020
Forestry England has quickly adapted their Super Prefer lining-out machine to keep staff safe from coronavirus while they continue their essential work preparing seedlings for planting in forests and woodlands. Work at Forestry England’s nurseries has continued since social distancing measures were introduced and they had to quickly adapt to keep staff safe. Their nurseries supply some 18 million trees a year, not only to Forestry England but to Natural Resources Wales and Forestry and Land Scotland too.
Volunteers
News
20 May 2020
Since the fire started on Monday 18 May, firefighters from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service with support from others have been working extremely hard to bring the fire under control. The heat and smoke conditions have been very arduous.  Wareham Forest, managed by Forestry England, is part of a large area of heathland in Dorset and is recognised internationally for the rare habitats and wildlife that lives there. This includes birds such as the nightjar and the Dartford warbler and every UK reptile species, including the rare smooth snake and sand lizard.
Landscape
News
29 April 2020
Forestry England’s North District has bought a significant area of land in Northumberland for a new woodland. Last autumn the Government unveiled proposals to create the Great Northumberland Forest.  The first stage of this ambition to increase woodland cover in Northumberland is for three new public forests covering up to 500ha. Buying this land means Forestry England will create the second of these.
Image of lake
News
28 April 2020
The government has asked us all to stay safe by staying at home, but if you’re missing forests and nature as much as we are, look no further: Forestry England is here to help by bringing the best of forests and woodlands straight to you, at home. We've created a forest full of ideas and information to help you stay connected to nature, complete with activities for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for activities to keep the kids entertained or need some head space to improve your wellbeing, here’s all you need to stay wild at home.
Trail modifications
News
23 April 2020
Some unofficial and dangerous modifications to Whinlatter Forest’s popular Altura Trail North Loop have been discovered by Forestry England Rangers out doing safety inspections.  Jumps, ramps and double-jumps were built over the last two weekends, Forestry England have said. These could be a significant danger to local riders using the trail legitimately under the social distancing and exercise rules.
Ospreys getting reacquainted
News
21 April 2020
Ospreys have returned to nest in the forests of Kielder Water & Forest Park for the twelfth year in a row. And whilst it is just another season for the ospreys it is a year unlike any other for their many fans. In support of the national effort to combat coronavirus (COVID-19), Forestry England and Northumbrian Water took the unprecedented decision to close all recreational facilities at Kielder Water & Forest Park on Monday 23rd March.
The forest live stage at Westonbirt Arboretum
News
03 April 2020
Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country has been cancelled.
Conifer forest with looking up at the canopy with younger trees below
News
24 March 2020
The government has told everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. This is a very sad day for us, as we ask you not to visit the nation’s forests or do anything that would put the emergency services under extra pressure. Make sure you have read and understood the government’s new rules on staying at home and away from others. Travelling can only be to and from work, where work absolutely cannot be done from home.
Forest Live Jools Holland
News
10 March 2020
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced a date as part of Forest Live, the third and final headline act appearing at Sherwood Pines in the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Two boys interact with UV sign and iPad
News
11 February 2020
Looking for some out-of-this-world spring activities for the kids this half term? For those with the spirit of adventure, bundle up and look no further…
kids climbing tree
News
20 January 2020
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to keep New Year’s resolutions when it comes to getting fit, researchers have found that exercising in forests is the perfect natural antidote to hitting a steamy, sweaty gym.
Schoolchild viewing Google Expeditions using a cardboard viewer
News
14 January 2020
The Forestry Commission is working with Google Expeditions to take schoolchildren on virtual tours of working forests.
Woman on a phone call

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