National Forest, England
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The National Forest is one of England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

’s most ambitious environmental projects. Across parts of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. It takes its name from the heavily populated City of Leicester, traditionally its administrative centre, although the City of Leicester unitary authority is today administered separately from the rest of Leicestershire...

, Derbyshire
Derbyshire
Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire. The northern part of Derbyshire overlaps with the Pennines, a famous chain of hills and mountains. The county contains within its boundary of approx...

 and Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. For Eurostat purposes, the county is a NUTS 3 region and is one of four counties or unitary districts that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region. Part of the National Forest lies within its borders...

, 200 square miles (518 km²) are being transformed, blending ancient woodland with new planting to create a new national forest. It stretches from the outskirts of Leicester
Leicester
Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest...

 in the east to Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent, also known as Burton-on-Trent or simply Burton, is a town straddling the River Trent in the east of Staffordshire, England. Its associated adjective is "Burtonian"....

 and beyond in the west, and will link the ancient forests of Needwood
Needwood Forest
Needwood Forest was a large area of ancient woodland in Staffordshire which was largely lost at the end of the 18th century.-History:Needwood Forest was a chase or royal forest given to Henry III's son Edmund Crouchback, 1st Earl of Lancaster, in 1266...

 and Charnwood
Charnwood Forest
Charnwood Forest is an upland tract in north-western Leicestershire, England, bounded by Leicester, Loughborough, and Coalville. The area is undulating, rocky and picturesque, with barren areas. It also has some extensive tracts of woodland; its elevation is generally 600 ft and upwards, the area...

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The National Forest Company is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by Defra, with the aim of converting one third of the land within the boundaries of the National Forest (135 km², 33,000 acres) to woodland
Woodland
Ecologically, a woodland is a low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade. Woodlands may support an understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants including grasses. Woodland may form a transition to shrubland under drier conditions or during early stages of...

, by encouraging landowners to alter their land use.
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The National Forest is one of England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

’s most ambitious environmental projects. Across parts of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. It takes its name from the heavily populated City of Leicester, traditionally its administrative centre, although the City of Leicester unitary authority is today administered separately from the rest of Leicestershire...

, Derbyshire
Derbyshire
Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire. The northern part of Derbyshire overlaps with the Pennines, a famous chain of hills and mountains. The county contains within its boundary of approx...

 and Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. For Eurostat purposes, the county is a NUTS 3 region and is one of four counties or unitary districts that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region. Part of the National Forest lies within its borders...

, 200 square miles (518 km²) are being transformed, blending ancient woodland with new planting to create a new national forest. It stretches from the outskirts of Leicester
Leicester
Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest...

 in the east to Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent, also known as Burton-on-Trent or simply Burton, is a town straddling the River Trent in the east of Staffordshire, England. Its associated adjective is "Burtonian"....

 and beyond in the west, and will link the ancient forests of Needwood
Needwood Forest
Needwood Forest was a large area of ancient woodland in Staffordshire which was largely lost at the end of the 18th century.-History:Needwood Forest was a chase or royal forest given to Henry III's son Edmund Crouchback, 1st Earl of Lancaster, in 1266...

 and Charnwood
Charnwood Forest
Charnwood Forest is an upland tract in north-western Leicestershire, England, bounded by Leicester, Loughborough, and Coalville. The area is undulating, rocky and picturesque, with barren areas. It also has some extensive tracts of woodland; its elevation is generally 600 ft and upwards, the area...

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National Forest Company

The National Forest Company is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by Defra, with the aim of converting one third of the land within the boundaries of the National Forest (135 km², 33,000 acres) to woodland
Woodland
Ecologically, a woodland is a low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade. Woodlands may support an understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants including grasses. Woodland may form a transition to shrubland under drier conditions or during early stages of...

, by encouraging landowners to alter their land use. It is described as "a forest
Forest
A forest, also referred to as a wood or the woods, is an area with a high density of trees. As with cities, depending where you are in the world, what is considered a forest may vary significantly in size and have various classification according to how and what of the forest is composed...

 in the making" and it is hoped to increase tourism
Tourism
Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes".Tourism has become a...

 and forestry
Forestry
Forestry is the interdisciplinary profession embracing the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, and conserving forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner to meet desired goals, needs, and values for human benefit. Forestry is practiced in plantations and natural stands...

-related jobs in the area.

In less than twenty years, one of the least wooded parts of the country has been transformed. Around 8 million trees have been planted, trebling the woodland cover from 6% to around 18%,creating habitats for wildlife and a beautiful landscape for people to enjoy.

Planting

Approximately 85% of the trees planted are native broadleaf species with some of the most commonly planted species are: English oak, ash
Ash tree
Fraxinus is a genus flowering plants in the olive and lilac family, Oleaceae. It contains 45-65 species of usually medium to large trees, mostly deciduous though a few subtropical species are evergreen. The tree's common English name, ash, goes back to the Old English æsc, while the generic name...

, poplar
Poplar
Populus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants in the family Salicaceae, native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. English names variously applied to different species include poplar , aspen, and cottonwood....

, Corsican
European Black Pine
Pinus nigra, the European Black Pine, is a moderately variable species of pine, occurring across southern Mediterranean Europe from Spain to the Crimea, in Asia Minor and on Cyprus, and in the high mountains of the Maghreb in North Africa....

 and Scots pine
Scots Pine
Pinus sylvestris, commonly known as the Scots Pine, is a species of pine native to Europe and Asia, ranging from Scotland, Ireland and Portugal in the west, east to eastern Siberia, south to the Caucasus Mountains, and as far north as well inside the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia...

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The transformation of the landscape is beginning to take effect as the first tiny whips
Whip (tree)
A whip is a slender, unbranched shoot or plant. This term is used in forestry to refer to unbranched young tree seedlings of approximately 0.5-1.0 m in height and 2–3 years old that have been grown for planting out....

 to be planted in the early 1990s are growing into substantial trees. Eventually it will be a mosaic of woodland, open spaces, agricultural farm land, villages and towns.

Members of the public can help create this ‘forest in the making’ through a plant a tree scheme. You will be invited to a special tree planting day and receive a certificate. For more information contact the National Forest Company on 01283 551 211 or visit the website www.nationalforest.org

Attractions within The National Forest

The gentle undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling and horse-riding. And through the creation of new habitats, The National Forest is an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.

From watersports to wildlife watching, cycling to craft centres and loads of wet weather options too, The National Forest really does have something for everyone. And in this ever-changing landscape as the Forest grows, one thing is guaranteed, there is always something new to see.

At the centre of the National Forest, is Conkers, a visitor centre located just outside the village of Moira, Leicestershire
Moira, Leicestershire
Moira is a former mining village about west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch in North West Leicestershire, England. The village is about miles south of the Derbyshire town of Swadlincote and is close to the county boundary....

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There is also a visitor centre with wildlife walks and playgrounds at Rosliston
Rosliston
Rosliston is a small village in South Derbyshire, England close to the county boundaries of Leicestershire and Staffordshire.It is within The National Forest and just outside the village is the Rosliston Forestry Centre. The two village pubs are called "The Bulls Head " and "The Plough Inn". The...

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Other attractions include:
  • Ashby Canal
  • Ashby Canal Association
    Ashby Canal Association
    The Ashby Canal Association is a waterway society and a registered charity No. 1063566, in Leicestershire and Staffordshire, England, UK, concerned with the Ashby Canal, and affiliated to the Inland Waterways Association....

  • Ashby Canal Trust
    Ashby Canal Trust
    The Ashby Canal Trust is a waterway society based at Measham, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, England, UK, and concerned with the restoration of a part of the Ashby Canal, also known as the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal....

  • Ashby Castle, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
    Ashby-de-la-Zouch
    Ashby-de-la-Zouch, — Zouch being pronounced "Zoosh" — often shortened to Ashby, is a small market town and civil parish in North West Leicestershire, England, within the National Forest. It is twinned with Pithiviers in north-central France....

  • Ashby de-la-Zouch museum, Ashby de-la-Zouch
  • Bardon Hill
    Bardon Hill
    Bardon Hill is a hill in the civil parish of Bardon near Coalville, Leicestershire. It the highest point in Leicestershire and the National Forest, above sea level. The hill has two very distinct faces – one half preserved as a site of special scientific interest , the other removed by Bardon Hill...

     - highest point in the National Forest at 912 feet (278 m) above sea level.
  • Barton Turns Marina, Barton under Needwood
  • Battlefield Line Railway
    Battlefield Line Railway
    The Battlefield Line Railway is a heritage railway in Leicestershire, England. It runs from Shackerstone to Shenton , via Market Bosworth, a total of...

    ,
  • Billa Barra Hill
  • Beacon Hill, Leicestershire
    Beacon Hill, Leicestershire
    Beacon Hill, near Loughborough, in Leicestershire, England, is a popular country park. It is one of several beacon hills in the United Kingdom.The park consists of of grassland and woodland and offers recreational walking, and some short climbs...

  • Beehive Farm, Rosliston
    Rosliston
    Rosliston is a small village in South Derbyshire, England close to the county boundaries of Leicestershire and Staffordshire.It is within The National Forest and just outside the village is the Rosliston Forestry Centre. The two village pubs are called "The Bulls Head " and "The Plough Inn". The...

  • Bradgate Park
    Bradgate Park
    Bradgate Park is a public park in Charnwood Forest, in Leicestershire, England, just northwest of Leicester. It covers 850 acres . The park lies between the villages of Newtown Linford, Anstey, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. The River Lin runs through the park, flowing into Cropston...

  • BCTV Conservation Holidays
  • Calke Abbey
    Calke Abbey
    Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, in the care of the charitable National Trust.The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII...

    , Ticknall
    Ticknall
    Ticknall is a small village and civil parish in South Derbyshire, England. Situated on the A514 road, close to Melbourne, it has three pubs, several small businesses, and a primary school. Two hundred years ago it was considerably larger and noisier with lime quarries, tramways and potteries. Coal...

  • Catton Hill
  • Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
    Claymills pumping station
    Claymills Pumping Station is a restored Victorian sewage pumping station on the north side of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. It was designed by James Mansergh and used to pump sewage to the sewage farm at Etwall....

  • Conkers, Moira
  • Crackpotz Ceramic Cafe,
  • Croxall Lakes
    Croxall Lakes
    Croxall Lakes is a nature reserve located between the villages of Croxall and Alrewas, Staffordshire, in the United Kingdom. The nature reserve comprises two lakes and grassland between them. The lakes were formed through the quarrying of sand and gravel deposits, these excavations subsequently...

  • Donington le Heath Manor House
  • Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, Ashby de-la-Zouch
  • Foremark Reservoir
    Foremark Reservoir
    Foremark Reservoir is a reservoir in South Derbyshire owned by Severn Trent which is also a nature reserve open to the public for walking, fishing, bird watching and horse riding. It is supplied from water from the River Dove and it was constructed in the 1970s. The reservoir is accessible from...

    , Foremark
    Foremark
    Foremark is a small manor and hamlet with a ruling Lord's country house - Foremarke Hall - in southern Derbyshire, England.-Location:...

  • Forest Four Wheel Drive
  • Fradley Junction
    Fradley Junction
    Fradley Junction is a canal junction between Fradley and Alrewas near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England and the point at which the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal....

  • Grace Dieu Priory
    Grace Dieu Priory
    The Grace Dieu Priory was an Augustinian priory near Thringstone in Leicestershire, England. It was founded around 1235-1241 by Roesia de Verdon and dissolved in October in 1538. It was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and St Mary.-History:...

  • Greenwood Days
  • Hill Hole Quarry
  • Kedleston Hall
    Kedleston Hall
    Kedleston Hall is an English country house in Kedleston, Derbyshire, approximately four miles north-west of Derby, and is the seat of the Curzon family whose name originates in Notre-Dame-de-Courson in Normandy...

  • Lakeside Lodge Tearooms
  • Melbourne Hall
    Melbourne Hall
    Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire, England was once the seat of the Victorian Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, and thus is the ultimate origin for the naming of Melbourne, Australia. The house is now the seat of Lord Ralph Kerr and Lady Kerr and is open to the public...

  • Moira Furnace
    Moira Furnace
    Moira Furnace is a nineteenth-century iron-making blast furnace located in Moira, Leicestershire on the banks of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal...

  • Mount St. Bernard Abbey
    Mount St. Bernard Abbey
    Mount St Bernard's Abbey is a Cistercian monastery of the Strict Observance near Whitwick in Leicestershire, England, founded in 1835. Its present Superior is Dom Joseph Delargy....

  • National Forest Llama Treks
  • National Memorial Arboretum
    National Memorial Arboretum
    The National Memorial Arboretum is a national site of remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. It gives its purpose as:-Origins:...

  • North West Leicestershire Museums
  • Rosliston Forestry Centre
  • Sence Valley Forest Park
    Sence Valley Forest Park
    Sence Valley Forest Park is located to the north of Ibstock in North West Leicestershire, and within the National Forest, England.It is situated on the site of a former Open cast mine where, between 1982 and 1996, eight million tonnes of coal were extracted by opencast mining...

  • Sharpes Pottery Museum, Swadlincote
    Swadlincote
    Swadlincote is a town and unparished area in South Derbyshire, about southeast of Burton-upon-Trent and about south of Derby. It is the main town of South Derbyshire and the seat of South Derbyshire District Council....

  • Shortheath Fisheries
  • Skylark Holidays
  • Snibston Discovery Park
  • Staunton Harold Reservoir
    Staunton Harold Reservoir
    Staunton Harold Reservoir is a large reservoir under the management of Severn Trent Water, located between Melbourne and Ticknall in Derbyshire, England...

     & Visitor Centre
  • Sudbury Hall
    Sudbury Hall
    Sudbury Hall is a country house in Sudbury, Derbyshire, England.Sudbury Hall is one the country's finest Restoration mansions and has Grade I listed building status....

  • Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre
  • TG Green Pottery
  • The Cattows Farm Shop & Heather
  • The Museum of Brewing at Coors Visitor Centre
  • The National Forest Maze
  • The Shoulder of Mutton
  • Thornton Reservoir
    Thornton Reservoir
    Thornton Reservoir is a small reservoir situated in the National Forest near the village of Thornton in Leicestershire. It has a surface area of and a perimeter of . It was originally built in 1854 when it had its own treatment works which were situated to the south of the current dam...

  • Tropical Birdland, Leicestershire
    Tropical Birdland, Leicestershire
    Tropical Birdland in the north of the village of Desford, Leicestershire, England, is a visitor attraction that has many bird species including parrots, toucans, hornbills and owls on display. Some of the birds are allowed to fly out-of-doors during visiting hours.The photograph opposite is of a...

  • Twycross Zoo
    Twycross Zoo
    Twycross Zoo is an zoo near the village of Twycross in Leicestershire, close to the border of Warwickshire . The zoo claims the largest collections of monkeys and apes in the World, and in 2006 re-launched itself as "Twycross Zoo – The World Primate Centre."The zoo attracts around 500,000 visitors...

  • Uttoxeter Heritage Centre
  • Uttoxeter Racecourse
    Uttoxeter Racecourse
    Uttoxeter Racecourse is a National Hunt racecourse in the town of Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire, England.Uttoxeter is a left-handed oval shaped course of one mile two and a half furlongs in circumference....

  • Willesley Wood


As well as Ashby de la Zouch, the towns of Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent, also known as Burton-on-Trent or simply Burton, is a town straddling the River Trent in the east of Staffordshire, England. Its associated adjective is "Burtonian"....

, Swadlincote
Swadlincote
Swadlincote is a town and unparished area in South Derbyshire, about southeast of Burton-upon-Trent and about south of Derby. It is the main town of South Derbyshire and the seat of South Derbyshire District Council....

 and Coalville
Coalville
Coalville is a town in North West Leicestershire, England, with a population estimated in 2003 to be almost 33,000. It is situated on the A511 trunk road between Leicester and Burton upon Trent, close to junction 22 of the M1 motorway where the A511 meets the A50 between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and...

are also located within the forest area.

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