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News releases - 2015



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.


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.


Exeter Scout Group plant tree at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park community ranger Tim Powles has enlisted the help of the Second Exeter Scout group to plant an oak tree near to the site's car park.


International spring show expected at Westonbirt

As the spring season approaches, The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt prepares for a stunning international spring display.


Bedgebury Pinetum's new cafe and visitor centre open with family run caterers ready for Easter 2015

Award-winning Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest will open its doors to the new Bedgebury Café in time for Easter 2015.


The Vamps announce Forest Live summer dates

The Vamps is the latest act announced as part of Forest Live, the summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission.


Tom Odell announces very special guests for Forest Live gigs

Tom Odell has announced Rae Morris as very special guest on his Forest Live tour in summer 2015.


Go 'Barking Mad' this February half term at Westonbirt Arboretum

February 2015 half term events at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.


Kielder ospreys reveal surprising migrations

Last year was an outstanding one at Kielder Water and Forest Park for some of the best known inhabitants - the ospreys. New tracking devices revealed surprising migration activity including an accidental u-turn and an unusual long stop in Morocco.


Explore and celebrate your forest this Forest Discovery Day

On Sunday 22 March 2015 Forestry Commission England is hosting Forestry Discovery Day; a fun-filled day of learning about woods and forests to celebrate World Forestry Day, which takes place on the same weekend.


Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters woodland concerts announced

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters woodland concerts announced.


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.