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

Recent news

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.
Spring flowers
16 March 2021
Spring is the season of new beginnings and this seems more poignant than ever this year. After a long winter for many, the days are now getting longer and it feels like all the people, animals, insects and plants alike are bubbling in anticipation of sunnier days ahead.
Rally car race
03 February 2021
After comprehensive stakeholder consultation and an independent review, Forestry England today announces that motorsport will continue to benefit from access to the nation’s forests.
Child drawing
15 January 2021
Feeling low this Monday? You are not alone. Monday 18 January has been named ‘Blue Monday’ as it’s claimed to be the saddest day of the year and that’s without a global pandemic to contend with.
Christmas at Bedgebury light trail header image 2020
23 December 2020
Christmas at Bedgebury
Wellbeing - man in woods
16 December 2020
Latest research has shown the important role that trees, woodlands and wider nature can play in supporting and protecting people’s wellbeing under the very difficult circumstances of a global pandemic.
Woman running pushing buggy and with dog
14 December 2020
With new local restrictions and the shorter days of winter leaving many of us feeling cooped up and isolated, maybe now is the time to mix up your exercise regime to give your wellbeing a boost?
Family shopping for Christmas trees
09 December 2020
To help spread joy, Christmas celebrations across the country have started early this year. Christmas trees and decorations are going up, boosting people’s moods, and bringing a bit of magic into people’s homes.
Photograph of Jess Glynne
23 November 2020
Jess Glynne has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Man chopping down tree
18 November 2020
A very special Christmas tree that is one in a million is destined to become the most famous in Britain.
Forest live Doves
02 November 2020
Doves have announced a special home-forest show as part of Forest Live 2021, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Brown long eared BAT
30 October 2020
The hidden habits of England's rare woodland bats are being revealed in ways never seen before thanks to ground-breaking new technology piloted by Forestry England and the Bat Conservation Trust.
Holding acorns
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’.
Woman on a phone call

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