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News releases - 2015



Results of Boar Thermal Image Survey in the Forest of Dean

The results of the annual thermal image survey of feral wild boar in the Forest of Dean, carried out between 23rd February and 15th April 2015 estimate that the population has grown to more than 1,000 animals.


Grizedale Forest encourages families to protect their local forest

The Forestry Commission at Grizedale is inviting families to get involved in protecting their local forest during summer holidays.


Are you app for a tree quest?

Calling all adventurers! Westonbirt Arboretum is inviting visitors to take part in a new digital quest around the internationally renowned site, which will help them to get closer to the tree collection in a different way with information at their fingertips.


Tree-filled fun for kids this summer at Westonbirt

Visitors to the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt can enjoy plenty of tree-filled fun this summer with free entry for kids and a fantastic line-up of events to entertain the whole family.


Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 returns to Grizedale Forest

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 returns to one of the most unique outdoor arts and exhibition spaces in the whole of the UK - Grizedale Forest in the heart of Cumbria.


Tickets go on sale 6 July for tremendous Treefest!

The Glastonbury of the natural world is returning for 2015 – Treefest is back with a bang and has a jam-packed line-up for the whole family to enjoy during the August Bank Holiday weekend (29-31 August) – and kids go free!


A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to Alice Holt Forest

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedies is coming to the heart of a Surrey forest this summer with an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


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.