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News releases - 2014



Ever wondered how a working forest works?

The Forestry Commission at the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland is offering visitors the chance to take part in working forest tours of the 59,000 hectare (145,000-acre) forest. The tours run every Tuesday in August 2014, offering a grandstand view of a high-tech timber harvester in action.


Kids roam for free at Westonbirt!

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is encouraging kids to roam amongst trees and nature with five weeks of free summer activities and crafts and free entry to the arboretum between 23 July – 31 August 2014.


Watch The Jungle Book live at Alice Holt Forest

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings its lively and fun-filled outdoor production of The Jungle Book to the Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt Forest at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 July.


Rare and endangered wildlife amongst hundreds of species recorded during Bedgebury bioblitz

The endangered English eyebright wildflower and the nationally scarce long-horned bee were amongst the 433 species recorded at Bedgebury’s Bioblitz.


Haldon Forest Park team take action against building of unofficial trails

The team that manage the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter is warning cyclists about the dangers of building unofficial trails in the forest.


Are you brave enough to meet the Gruffalo?

Families across England are invited into a deep dark wood near their home this summer to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Gruffalo, with sculpture trails, birthday picnics and now The Great Gruffalo Forest Tour.


The Gruffalo celebrates his 15th birthday at Alice Holt Forest

Families from Surrey and Hampshire were invited to gather in Alice Holt Forest in June to celebrate The Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary with a big birthday forest picnic.


Forest of Dean boar survey confirms population has grown

The results of a thermal imaging survey in the Forest of Dean estimate the population has grown to more than 800.


‘Don’t touch’ reminder over oak processionary caterpillar nests in London, Surrey and Berkshire

Residents and visitors to parts of London and the Pangbourne district of Berkshire are being reminded not to touch the nests which oak processionary moth caterpillars could be building in oak trees in these areas.


Take to the trees on the Sylva trail

In summer 2014, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire will be home to an outdoor exhibition marking the publication of an extraordinary new book celebrating trees and woodland culture.


Inspirational tree projects recognised at London Tree & Woodland Awards

People and projects working hard to keep London green have been recognised at an awards ceremony held at London City Hall on Wednesday 28 May.


Local schools invited to apply for artistic wildlife benches

In summer 2014, three artistic wooden benches will be created by expert carvers around the theme of ‘wildlife,’ at Treefest, the signature summer event at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt.


Join the Forestry Commission for a BioBlitz at Bedgebury!

Visitors are being asked to join experts at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest in a race to count different species of plants, birds, insects, mammals and fish over 24 hours for their first ever BioBlitz on Thursday 29 May 2014.


Gearing up for the Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show

The Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show goes from strength to strength and this year over 140 vehicles have entered to attend on Sunday 11 May. This will be the 8th year of the event which is held at the Forestry Commission’s Kielder Castle visitor centre, within Kielder Water and Forest Park.


Push on to eradicate Oak processionary moth from Pangbourne

Forestry and local authorities are gearing up for another push to eradicate the oak processionary moth (OPM) from oak trees in the Pangbourne area.


London and Berkshire people reminded about caterpillar pest

People in parts of London and Berkshire are being reminded not to touch caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM), which are beginning to emerge in oak trees in these areas.


Get ready for The Gruffalo’s big birthday forest picnic!

On Saturday 7 June the Forestry Commission is inviting families to celebrate The Gruffalo's special 15th anniversary year and host their own birthday party picnic at a deep dark wood near their home.