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News releases - 2015



Tidings announced as new retail partner at Westonbirt Arboretum.

A new retail partner for the shop at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt has been announced.


BioBlitz hits Chambers Farm Wood

The Forestry Commission, along with Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union, are planning a BioBlitz at Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby in Lincolnshire on the 5, 6 and 7 June.


People power to help tackle tree disease

Citizen science and new technology are being combined in the fight against tree disease as part of Observatree, a new project launched this spring aiming to help protect the UK’s trees, woods and forests from harmful pests and diseases – existing or new.


Have fun and learn more about the New Forest in National Volunteer Week

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the Forestry Commission is offering the opportunity to experience a whole host of activities across the New Forest, led by our Volunteer Ranger team.


London and Surrey people reminded about caterpillar pest in oak trees

People in parts of London and Surrey are being reminded not to approach caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM), which are now emerging in oak trees in these areas.


World class conifer collection highlights internationally endangered trees through photography

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent, will this April unveil an award-winning outdoor environmental photography exhibition highlighting internationally endangered trees.


McBusted announce Forestry Commission concert

McBusted have announced a West Country date as part of Forest Live, organised by the Forestry Commission, where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country. The band will be the sixth and final headline act to appear at Westonbirt Arboretum this summer.


Battersea Dogs & Cats Home joins with Forestry Commission England for Walk Your Dog Week

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has become the latest charity to join up with partners including Forestry Commission England as part of Walk Your Dog Week (27 April – 3 May 2015).


Spandau Ballet West Country woodland concert announced

Spandau Ballet has announced a West Country woodland concert this summer as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series.


The Forestry Commission is urging importers to comply with regulations to protect Britain’s trees and plants from invasive pests and diseases

The Forestry Commission is urging importers who use wood packaging in shipments to comply with regulations to protect Britain’s trees and plants from invasive pests such as the Asian Longhorn Beetle – an increasing risk as summer approaches.


Run for the trees with the Westonbirt 10k!

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is encouraging runners to take part in their new summer event, the Westonbirt 10k.


Step into spring with Westonbirt Arboretum

With the days becoming longer and lighter, a spring visit to The National Arboretum is the perfect opportunity to uncover the wonders of this season.


Public Forest Estate secures Grown in Britain licence

The entire Public Forest Estate in England is now qualified to use the Grown in Britain Certification Mark on any timber produced across its 1,800 sites. The certification mark has been granted after a rigorous audit assessment, which recognised the Forestry Commission’s successful woodland management programme and its production of home-grown timber.


Forestry Commission England bucks the countryside trend with increase in visits

The Forestry Commission has recorded an average 11 per cent increase in visits to its main forest centres in England across 2014; marking a hugely successful year for forest tourism and its associated economic and social benefits.


Sam Smith announces Forestry Commission gig

Sam Smith has announced an East Anglian home show as part of Forest Live, the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission.