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Local people invited to help Swinley Forest recover

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Fire at Swinley Forest

The Forestry Commission is presenting the forest recovery plan for Swinley at a public meeting on Friday 30 September from 6-9pm and inviting the local community to come along.  The meeting will take place at the Morgan Centre, Wellington Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7LD.

The proposal includes a map identifying the area affected by the fire, the most damaged areas to be mulched and replanted, as well as the pond and wetland restoration and conservation areas.

The Forestry Commission is encouraging local people to get involved with Swinley Forest’s recovery following the fire.  A special programme of events for the local community including volunteer tree planting days, schools education programme and fundraising initiatives are part of the proposal.

There will be a number of opportunities to volunteer to plant trees, join a dog walkers or mountain biking group or get involved in other ways.

The Forestry Commission has committed the resources to replant the lost trees and carry out habitat recovery work.  To make the forest more welcoming for visitors it would like to introduce new benches, dedicated pathways or trails, dog waste bins, forest interpretation boards that mark the event of the fire and even have a dedicated forest ranger.  These additional facilities would require fundraising and volunteer time.

Nick Hazlitt, beat forester for the Forestry Commission, said:

“The extent and impact of the forest fire has affected so many lives.  The reaction from local people to the fires was very moving and showed their depth of support.   So we wanted to let as many people as possible to be a part of the forest recovery and keep it at the heart of community life, treasured and safeguarded for their future.”

For further information, to attend the public meeting and join a friendly volunteer group call 01962 795079 or email


Notes to Editor

  1. Crowthorne Forest is very popular for dog walking, jogging, mountainbiking, horseriding and family leisure time. The Forestry Commission also provides permission for hundreds of people to attend events here including everything from cross country running and sponsored walks to mountain biking races, horse riding and ecological surveys.

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more visit

  3. Media Contact Jo Spouncer, PR contact, Forestry Commission South East England T: 01483 326265 M: 07828 762045 E: