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England's National Forest

Enjoy wonderful days out walking or cycling in one the country’s most beautiful environmental projects where over 7 million trees have been planted so far to create new and maturing woodland. Within these 200 square miles you’ll find farmland, rural villages and open green spaces. It’s the perfect way to unwind and get some exercise, try hands-on woodland crafts or plant your own tree.

See & do

The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum

This haven of peace and contemplation is a unquely uplifting day out. Visit 150 acres of wooded parkland and more than 200 memorials that form the National Memorial Arboretum.

Conkers Discovery Centre


Keep the whole family entertained at this all-weather attraction. The Discovery and Waterside Centres are fantastic for exploring interactive exhibits and simulated tree top walks. Outdoors, enjoy 120 acres of woodland, lakes and gardens.

What's on

National Forest Walking Festival, image courtesy Richard Thorpe

National Forest Walking Festival 2014

This year celebrating the launch of the new National Forest Way long distance footpath, the walking festival 17 - 26 May, is held over ten days and includes a programme of varied walks for all ages and abilities.

Great Outdoors

Tree planting in the National Forest

Plant a tree!

Help transform the Nation's 'Forest in the Making' by planting your own tree. Planting events are held throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and create a place of beauty for future generations.

It's £25 to plant a tree. This fee also pays for its further care and maintenance.

Walking in the National Forest

Forest walks

The mix of new and ancient woodland creates unequalled walking country. Explore farmland, rural villages and open green spaces where walks change with the seasons - snowdrops in February, bluebells in May and reds and golds of Autumn leaves.


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