View of fields at Pleasant Forest soon to become new woodland

We are creating a new woodland in Kent

Welcome to Pleasant Forest

We are creating a new multi-purpose woodland at this 127-hectare site.

              Follow the story of our new woodland here.

Pile of Pieminister pies on a tree stump in the forest

Partnering with Pieminister to plant a forest

We are partnering with Pieminister and raising funds to help plant the forest at Pleasant Forest.

For every one of their plant-based pies, patties or vegan lagers sold, Pieminister will donate 10p towards our ‘tree fund’. The more products sold, the more trees we can plant! 

You can also make a donation to buy a tree, and enter a competition to win a forest getaway experience by visiting the Pieminister website

Working with nature

Since we bought the land earlier in the year, we have been busy assessing the land to plan the new woodland. We intend to increase and enhance the many benefits the landscape provides now and consider what more it can offer, including locking up carbon emissions, growing sustainable timber and providing habitats for wildlife.

Forestry England have created a special computer-based tool so we can test different ways to plan and plant new woodlands. We are using this at Pleasant Forest to make sure it delivers a balanced range of benefits. Read more about our natural capital accounting.

Long tailed tit sat on small branch
Group walking a dog in the forest

Working with the community 

We will invest in low-key public access and recreation at Pleasant Forest, making it a woodland that people can enjoy on their doorstep. The new woodland will also contribute to the local economy and provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds within the community.

We’ll keep talking and listening to local people as we plan the new woodland to inform our plans to manage this landscape.

Latest news

May 2021:

The public consultation for Pleasant Forest closed in February this year. We had some great video and phone calls with local residents and organisations who contributed some brilliant ideas. Our design plans have been finalised and can be read in the consultation document.

We have placed an order with the tree nursery for 180,000 trees and 35,000 shrubs which we will begin planting in November 2021. We are excited to begin planting and will be running some community tree-planting days.

We are also putting plans in place to monitor the changing biodiversity at Pleasant Forest. We are pleased to be partnering with local volunteers who will work alongside our ecologists to conduct surveys monitoring species of interest, such as the Great Crested Newt and Dormouse.

Where is the Pleasant Forest woodland site?

View a map of Pleasant Forest.

Got a question?

Read our answers to frequently asked questions about this project.

More information

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Tiny trees at tree nursery
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Child being spun around playing in the forest
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