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News releases - 2017



Tom Jones announces Forest Live gigs

Tom Jones has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations across the country.


Clean Bandit announce Forest gig

Clean Bandit have announced a special woodland gig as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.


Barking up the right tree!

Join us at Westonbirt, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum, during February half term as we explore all things ‘barky’ through a range of crafty fun and challenges.


The Gruffalo brought to life in the forest with new augmented reality app

In the first development of its kind, Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures bring The Gruffalo characters to life in the forest through a new augmented reality app.


Popular visitor centre seeks new management company

Rosliston Forestry Centre, a popular tourist attraction in South Derbyshire, is looking for new management.


Sir Harry Studholme re-appointed Chair of Forestry Commission

Sir Harry Studholme has been reappointed Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners for a second term.


Dark sky at night, a forest's delight!

Forestry Commission England is opening up forests after-dark for visitors to indulge in a spot of stargazing.


Craig David announces Forest Live dates

Craig David has announced dates this summer as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series.


Elbow announce Forest Live dates for the summer

Elbow announce Forest Live dates for the summer


New notification scheme for firewood imports to protect against threats to tree health

A scheme to protect against pest and disease threats to tree health from imported firewood has been launched.


Blazing the trail for mountain bikers at Hamsterley Forest

A brand new section of single track mountain bike trail has been created at Hamsterley Forest.


Over indulged at Christmas? Woodlands are the most enjoyable place to get fit

Forestry Commission England is helping visitors to the forest to burn off excess festive calories this New Year by matching some of its most popular walking, running and cycling trails to the calorie counts of favourite Christmas treats.


Countryside Stewardship woodland grants open for business – check out Forestry Commission website for grants available

The Forestry Commission is calling on farmers and land managers to make best use of the new round of Countryside Stewardship support for woodland, with the opening of the 2017 Countryside Stewardship capital grants on 3 January 2017.


Complete our forest machinery survey and help improve forestry services

Forest Research is calling on all forest harvesting machinery owners and operators to complete its forest machinery census - and provide valuable data about the current state of the harvesting resource in England, Scotland and Wales.


A Christmas delivery from Kielder to London

On Friday 25 November, haulage contractors Robert and Lewis Scott set off to London with a very special delivery from the Forestry Commission for the Palace of Westminster. They were delivering three Christmas trees which included a 50ft Sika Spruce that was being put next to Big Ben, a 25ft tree for Westminster Hall, and a 20ft tree for the Speakers State rooms.


St Helen’s Picnic Site Consultation

Forestry Commission England is currently holding a consultation to gather feedback and ideas on the sustainable management of St Helen's Picnic Site in Thetford Forest.


Forestry Commission England announce the winner of Jerwood Open Forest 2016

Artist Keith Harrison has been announced as the winner of Jerwood Open Forest 2016 and will be awarded a major 30,000 commission to realise his project Joyride at Cannock Chase Forest in autumn 2017.