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We believe that forests enhance people’s quality of life by providing places to enjoy watching wildlife, walking, riding bikes or horses and playing among the trees.

By opening up access to the public forest estate through our Active Forests programme, we contribute to the well-being of the nation.

As well as health benefits, our woodlands make significant contributions to local economies around the country.

The 70 million visits we get per year support over 80 private businesses across the estate. They deliver our Forest Centre services including bike hire, cafes and action-packed adventures through Go Ape!

Throughout summer, seven of our most popular sites are transformed into concert arenas for our Forest Live series. Since 2001, our forests have played host to an eclectic mix of artists, from Massive Attack to Jessie J and Blondie.

Our woodlands provide inspiration for contemporary artists who respond to these environments in different ways. Forest Art Works offers up new ways to interact with our forests through sculpture, music, photography and digital art.

We bring people and communities together, encouraging them to become involved with their local forests and woodlands.

We support a growing number of volunteers who work with us to help with maintenance, conservation, monitoring wildlife and more. 

To find out more about our plans for your local woods, take a look at our individual forest plans.  

Last updated: 29th February 2016

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.