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News releases - 2016



People power brings Spring time boost to Bedgebury

Visitors to the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, near Goudhurst, Kent, can expect to see further improvements to the site and facilities this Spring following the combined efforts of volunteers over three very busy and successful days of volunteering activities at the popular outdoor visitor attraction.


Is your dog a Forestry Commission England top dog?!

Forestry Commission England have produced a variety of fun, free dog training activities to keep your dog’s tail wagging throughout Walk Your Dog Week starting on 25 April -1 May, as they believe a dog is never too old to learn new tricks.


Ambitious plans for improving Alice Holt Forest

The Forestry Commission will be investing over £2.3million to improve Alice Holt Forest’s amenities over the next 12 months. Visitors to Alice Holt Forest will soon benefit from a new café, extra seating and additional facilities, as the site undergoes a redevelopment to improve the popular woodland destination. The site and existing café will remain open to the public during the redevelopment to ensure visitors can continue to enjoy the forest while work takes place.


New Vision for England’s urban forest

England’s National Forestry Forum will be challenged to play their part in growing the importance, protection and size of England’s urban forest on 12 April following the publication of ‘Our Vision for a resilient urban forest’.


A record early return for the Kielder Ospreys

Bird lovers in Northumberland are celebrating an early start to their season with the earliest ever sighting of a bird on the Kielder Osprey nest and now the safe return of two pairs of birds.


Storm Katie causes damage amongst Bedgebury National Pinetum conifer collection

Following the departure of Storm Katie on late on Monday morning, site inspections have revealed damage to several trees across Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, near Goudhurst, Kent.


Enjoy a Gruffalo Orienteering adventure at your local Forestry Commission England woodland

Forestry Commission England’s Whinlatter Forest invites families to take part in a new forest adventure.

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Working in partnership with British Orienteering, from 24 March children will be able to plot their way through the trees on a Gruffalo themed orienteering course.


All things new at Westonbirt Arboretum this Easter!

Join in the Easter fun at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, with a host of fantastic family activities.


Switch the lights off and step back into nature in your local Forestry Commission Woodland

To support WWF’s Earth Hour at 8.30pm on 19 March, Forestry Commission England has revealed their top 5 activities that visitors can enjoy in an hour in their local woodland.


Business to team up with scientists to tackle Phytophthora

Nursery managers and other plant traders are being invited to take part in scientific research into Phytophthora infections in the trade.


The Forestry Commission Supports ‘Clean for the Queen’ Campaign at Savernake Forest

As part of its support for the Country’s biggest-ever community clear up the Forestry Commission is organising mass litter-picks at sites across the country.


Explore the forests after hours to support WWF’s Earth Hour

To support WWF’s Earth Hour Forestry Commission England is hosting a series of twilight activities throughout March, allowing visitors to the forest, to explore it after dark!


The Forestry Commission Supports ‘Clean for the Queen’ Campaign at Kinsley Wood with a Right Royal Connection.

As part of its support for the Country’s biggest-ever community clear up the Forestry Commission is organising mass litter-picks at sites across the country.


Entry opens for arboretum 10k!

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is encouraging people to sign up for a spring challenge and take part in The Westonbirt 10k.


Jake Bugg announces Forest gig

Jake Bugg has announced a home county gig as part of Forest Live, the annual summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.


The Prince of Wales visits Slowing the Flow project

The Prince of Wales visited the innovative Slowing the Flow flood defence project around Pickering and Sinnington today. The scheme, which was completed in 2015, received widespread coverage following flooding across Yorkshire in December 2015 and January 2016.


February half term activities at Forestry Commission England sites

Stick Man activity trail – at over 20 Forestry Commission England Sites until the end of February

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Have fun with all the family exploring one of the self-led trails. Look out for Stick Man themed panels and complete fun activities along the way, from building a nest to creating your own Stick Man whilst learning about the importance of forests. Purchase a Stick Man child activity pack from the forest for £3, which includes a fun-packed activity leaflet, sheets to create your own Stick Man rubbing and pipe cleaners to make your own Stick Man, a chunky crayon and a pencil. Find your nearest trail on the map at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman#StickManTrails


Tom Jones announces Forest Live dates

Tom Jones has announced shows as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.


River restoration helping to reduce flood risk in the New Forest

A project to return rivers to their natural state is playing its part in reducing flood risk and conserving fragile habitats in the New Forest.


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.