News

Forestry England news

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

Recent news releases

 Earth Photo competition seeks images of world’s changing forests
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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.
Bedgebury-National-Pinetum-Mulanje-cedar-seedlings-to-Eden-Project-team.jpg
News
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
News
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.
Hacienda
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
07 February 2019
Ginkgo, Monkey Puzzle & Japanese Cedar among unusual tree species in Forestry Commission garden at Chelsea
Jack Savoretti
News
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
News
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.
Foals
News
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?
News
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
News
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.
Stereophonics
News
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
News
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.

New forest ponies in the snow
News
04 January 2019
A major new documentary exploring the landscapes, history and wildlife that make the New Forest one of the UK’s most important ancient woodlands will air on BBC Four on 9th January 2019.

Presented by writer and environmentalist, Peter Owen-Jones in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and The New Forest National Park Authority, “Wild Woods” follows a year in the life of this special place meeting many of the people who work to preserve and protect it.
Zog trail
News
17 December 2018
Following the success of the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat trails at Forestry Commission sites across England, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book, Zog, will be the new activity trail for families to enjoy in the nation’s forests this winter.
Launching on 11 January 2019, the trails will follow the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, on BBC One this Christmas.
Woman writing in a notepad by a pond
News
10 December 2018
As part of celebrations to mark its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission has launched a new writing competition to diversify nature writing. From Wordsworth to J.K Rowling, England’s forests have inspired characters and chronicles that have shaped the nation’s literary history for centuries.
Jess Glynne
News
30 November 2018
Jess Glynne has announced dates as part of Forest Live 2019,
the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.
Christmas needles
News
29 November 2018
Are you a traditionalist who makes your own Christmas decorations, an attention seeker who starts wearing your Santa hat in September or someone who just wants to make everyone happy at Christmas? Because Christmas varies so much person to person, it’s no surprise that your Christmas tree can say a lot about you as an individual.
To help you find out what tree best matches your personality, Forestry Commission England has made an online quiz to help you find the perfect match this Christmas!
Woman on a phone call

Get in touch

Contact our media office

For media enquiries about the nation's forests cared for by Forestry Commission England please contact:

Media office - Monday to Friday
- Email: media@forestryengland.uk 

Hayley Coristine - Monday to Wednesday
- Email: hayley.coristine@forestryengland.uk
- Telephone: 0300 067 4972
- Out-of-hours contact (for emergencies only) 07867 190489

Becky Ulewicz - Wednesday to Friday
- Email: rebecca.ulewicz@forestryengland.uk 
- Telephone: 0300 067 4107
- Out-of-hours contact (for emergencies only): 07771 971813

Stuart Burgess - Wednesdays only
- Email: stuart.burgess@forestryengland.uk 
- Telephone: 0300 067 4073
- Out-of-hours contact (for emergencies only): 07785 748351