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News releases - 2016

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue announce West Country woodland gig

UB40’s three founding members will be making a triumphant return to Westonbirt Arboretum this summer as part of Forest Live, the annual concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Forestry Commission England reveals their top 10 reasons why they love trees

To celebrate St Valentine’s Day, Forestry Commission England has revealed their top 10 reasons why they love trees, along with the top 10 most romantic walks from across the public forest estate.

James Bay announces Forest Live gigs

James Bay has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.

Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

The Forestry Commission has been offered a wonderful opportunity to bring the history of High Lodge alive for everyone, as it has been awarded a Round One Pass and Development Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to make a new trail into the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.

Kaiser Chiefs announce Forest gigs

Kaiser Chiefs is the latest band to announce dates as part of Forest Live

Rudimental announce Forest shows

Rudimental have announced dates for the summer, as part of Forest Live, the concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in unique woodland locations around the country.

Trees at Chawton Park and Bushey Leaze Woods need space to grow.

The Forestry Commission will next week (from 11 January) begin work in Chawton Park & Bushey Leaze woodlands, felling some of the trees in order to allow native trees more room to grow and encourage the wildlife and habitats beneath to thrive. Selectively removing just some of the trees is known as ‘thinning’.

Out-of-print forestry publications made available on line

Out-of-print Forestry Commission technical publications are being brought back to life and made available again in an on-line archive.

John Newman announces Forest gig

John Newman has announced a Yorkshire Forest Live date for 2016 as part of the annual summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Upgrade to Tree Alert pest reporting tool

Tree Alert, the Forestry Commission’s on-line tool for reporting suspected tree pests and diseases of concern, has had an upgrade.

Guy Garvey announces Forest Live gigs

Guy Garvey has announced two special dates as part of Forest Live, the Forestry Commission’s summer concert series.

Brian Blessed explores England’s forests and talks trees in a new film by the Forestry Commission

Actor, presenter and nature lover Brian Blessed talks trees with the Forestry Commission in a new film, which aims to raise awareness of England’s Public Forest Estate and how it is sustainably managed for the future.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce Forest gigs

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced dates as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series where an eclectic mix of acts perform in unique woodland locations around the country each summer.

The value of London’s trees is proven in ground breaking report

The benefits that all of London’s trees provide have been given a monetary value in the London i-Tree Eco Project report published today. The quantity of these benefits – such as air quality improvement and carbon storage – is the result of the world’s largest survey of a city region involving hundreds of trained volunteers.

Festive Fun at Haldon Forest Park

It’s all getting a bit festive in the forest at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Festive Fun at Cardinham Woods

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Forestry Commission’s Cardinham Woods near Bodmin.

Enjoy the senses of Christmas in a Forestry Commission Woodland

Nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree and what better way to immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmassy scent than by visiting your local Forestry Commission England woodland.


For the past fourteen years the foresters of Kielder have provided London’s Houses of Parliament with its spectacular Christmas tree positioned at the base of Big Ben for all the world to see.

Experience a magical Christmas with the Forestry Commission

Escape the shops, wrap up warm, enjoy the Christmassy scent of pine trees, and get into the festive spirit this year at a Forestry Commission woodland.