Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices

Explore Seale Wood
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

This community woodland was planted in March 2002 on what was previously opencast land restored for agricultural use in the early 1950's. There are 3 different woodland types: pure sweet chestnut, an oak, ash, hazel mix and a wet woodland. The long term objective of the site is to create a working coppice woodland to encourage the development of a local timber industry. Coppice products can include walking sticks, hurdles, thatching spars and fencing materials. These are obtained by periodically cutting trees down to a stump (or 'stool') which is then left to regrow.

The National Forest is an area of 200 square miles across the 3 counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, where massive woodland creation and countryside tranformation is being carried out. The forest is being expanded, with the aim of linking the ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood, for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.

New woodlands will complement ancient woodland, meadows, lakes and rivers, parks, towns and other visitor attractions to create a new forest for the nation.

The National Forest EXPLORE leaflet, giving a map of where the Forestry Commission sites are in the area, is available here to download as a pdf.

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Last updated: 19th September 2016

Be a forest hero

Get the latest news, information & offers

Sign up for our emails

What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: SK 303 143

Get directions


National Forest

0300 067 4340
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

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