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News releases - 2015

The Forestry Commission predicts fantastic autumn colour after a great growing season for trees

The UK has experienced a typically English summer, some great sunny days interspersed with lots of rain! But what does this mean for autumn colours?


One of the UK’s most exciting mountain biking destinations is to play host to the UK’s leading mountain biking conference in October.

Bedgebury staff lead expedition to America’s forest giants

A team from the Forestry Commission’s National Pinetum at Bedgebury in Kent embark on an epic seed-collecting expedition along the Pacific Northwest coast of America in the cause of tree conservation.

Tree felling at Abbeyford Woods to combat disease

Tree felling is being carried out in the Forestry Commission's Abbeyford Woods, near Okehampton, to combat an outbreak of disease.

Tree felling in Chawton Park to combat disease

Larch trees in Chawton Park Wood, near Four Marks, Hampshire, felled during September 2015 to help control an outbreak of ramorum disease.

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!