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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

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.
Side profile photograph of Rag'n'Bone Man
News
13 January 2020
Rag‘n’Bone Man has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Keane band members on a coloured background
News
09 December 2019
Keane has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Noel Gallagher on stage holding his guitar.
News
09 December 2019
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have announced three Forest Live shows with Australian outfit Confidence Man in June next year.
Headshot of Jack Savoretti facing left
News
09 December 2019
Jack Savoretti has announced a south east date as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Picture of Madness walking forward
News
09 December 2019
Madness have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
christmas trees
News
26 November 2019
Christmas comes but once a year and choosing your Christmas tree is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festive season.
Close Up Christmas tree pines
News
21 November 2019
Struggling to be sustainable over the holidays? Whether you want to avoid waste, give plastic the cold shoulder or just want to get a bit creative over the festive period, Forestry England has put together some of our top tips to make your Christmas tree even greener this year.
A black and white image showing James Morrison and Will Young.
News
18 November 2019
James Morrison and Will Young have announced co-headlining dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Discover the magic of Christmas at Bedgebury
News
Discover the magic of Christmas at Bedgebury
Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum from  22 November – 30 December 2019. Brought to you by leading events producer Raymond Gubbay Ltd, the one-mile magical winter trail at the Bedgebury National Pinetum is set to be bigger and better than ever. The sights and sounds of Christmas await under unique canopies, with new installations rising high into the night sky. A dynamic Vortex Tunnel leads onto colour-changing and immersive ribbons of light. Waterside reflections will be created by hundreds of colourful boats gently bobbing on the shimmering lake, whilst flickering flames of the scented Fire Garden create a moment of tranquil reflection.
Family walking in autumn
News
16 October 2019
A new survey commissioned by the Forestry Commission has found that more than two thirds of people in the UK think they spend too much time inside between October and March. Almost four in five people who agreed they didn’t go outside enough said, they regretted it.
Future Forest sculpture
News
10 October 2019
The Forestry Commission unveils major new art commission at Suffolk’s Thetford Forest to celebrate 100 years of forestry
Frosty crosscliff at Dalby forest taken by Tony Bartholomew
News
10 October 2019
Leading psychiatrists and the largest provider of outdoor recreation in England are urging people to continue venturing outdoors this autumn and winter to improve their mental health.
Woman on a phone call

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