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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.

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.

Have your say!

Following the consultation in November 2020, we have updated the plan for Pleasant Forest and would love to hear your thoughts.

If you have questions, ideas, or concerns, get in touch with us at We are happy to arrange video or phone calls before the 31 January if you would like to discuss anything further.

Latest news

November 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has delayed us building paths and maintenance tracks, and large-scale tree planting will now start in late 2021.

Small-scale tree planting with the local community has been put on hold by the recent national lockdown. We will update this page if the situation changes.

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.

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