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News releases - 2015



James forest gig announced

James has announced a summer date as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual Forest Live concert series.


Paloma Faith announces Forest Live tour

Paloma Faith has announced a welcome return to seven spectacular woodland locations this summer as part of Forest Live.


Motorists alerted to Whinlatter Forest road closures

The Forestry Commission has alerted road users that the B5292 through Whinlatter Forest will be closed on weekdays during tree felling operations in January 2015.


Woodland creation grant disputed case (Wallshield): decision

On 11 November 2014, under its delegated authority, Forestry Commission’s England National Committee (ENC) approved the disputed woodland creation scheme application at Wallsheild in Northumberland meaning that the proposed planting can now go ahead.


Tom Odell announces Forestry Commission gigs

Tom Odell has announced a very special tour of the nation’s forests for 2015.


Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce forest show

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced a Forest Live date at Dalby Forest for 2015.


Festive fun at Haldon Forest Park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 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


Work on Westonbirt's new tree management centre begins

The ground works have begun on what will become the new Wolfson Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.


Have a forest adventure with Superworm in 2015

From the creators of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, the hugely popular children’s story Superworm will come to Forestry Commission England’s woods and forests in 2015.


England's most famous Christmas tree arrives at the Houses of Parliament

On 29 November 2014, the Westminster Christmas tree arrived at the Houses of Parliament on a huge truck all the way from Kielder Forest, Northumberland.


Calorie burning trails to get forest fit this New Year

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


England's woodland owners thanked after slowdown in Ramorum disease

Woodland owners who have co-operated with the Forestry Commission’s Phytophthora ramorum control programme have been thanked for helping to achieve a slowdown in the spread of the disease in England.


Dr Mary Barkham appointed Forestry Commissioner

Dr Mary Barkham has been appointed a Forestry Commissioner for England.


6,000 clean-up bill at Bonnetts Wood

Up to 50 tonnes of rubbish was dumped at Bonnetts Wood in Upminster last week, leaving the Forestry Commission with a clean-up bill of 6,000


The Script announce forest gig

The Script is the first act to be announced for Forest Live 2015; the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission, where bands perform in unique woodland locations across England.


Luke Duggleby launches unique outdoors exhibition of prize winning photography at Grizedale Forest

The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest in Cumbria is now hosting an award-winning photography exhibition, where visitors will be able to walk amongst the trees to see “Guardians of the Areng Valley”, Luke Duggleby’s stunning photographs taken in the forests of Cambodia.


Experience a festive feast of lights at Westonbirt this Christmas

Organisers of Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas have revealed more details about the magical interactive features visitors can experience at this year’s event.


Festive events for all the family

From magical illuminated trails, festive woodland walks and holiday-inspired crafts, to buying a Christmas tree right from the heart of the forest, Forestry Commission England has a range of events and activities running across the country for all the family to enjoy.