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News releases - 2015

Experience a magical Christmas with the Forestry Commission

Escape the shops, wrap up warm, enjoy the Christmassy scent of pine trees, and get into the festive spirit this year at a Forestry Commission woodland.

Simply Red announce Forest Live summer shows

Simply Red is the first band to announce dates for 2016 as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in beautiful woodland locations around the country.

Woodland owners missing out on millions of pounds in revenue says new Forestry Commission survey

A multi million pound hole in the rural economy has been uncovered by a new survey, which reveals farmers and landowners across England are missing out on millions of pounds of untapped income.

Detailed plans for Latchmore Brook restoration unveiled to New Forest residents

Residents of Hyde and the surrounding villages can find out how the Forestry Commission and its partners are proposing to restore Latchmore Brook to its natural course, by attending a public exhibition on Tuesday 6 October.

The ten best ways to enjoy Bedgebury this Autumn

Autumn is perhaps the best time of year to visit the Forestry Commission’s National Pinetum and Forest at Bedgebury, near Goudhurst, Kent. The colours are beautiful and the air is fresh; the trees are bountiful with nuts, fruits, berries and seeds, fungi are abundant across the forest floor, and bright autumn skies create wonderful reflections on the lakes.

The Company of Wolves - based on the stories by Angela Carter

The Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park will be hosting a theatre show with a difference this Halloween. Theatre company Burn the Curtain will be performing their exciting outdoor show – The Company of Wolves – on the 29th, 30th and 31st of October. Tickets are on sale now from the Forestry Commission box office.

Apprentices Power Up Forestry Commission Trails

A group of 32 apprentices from Western Power Distribution (WPD) got their hands dirty clearing overgrown vegetation and rebuilding footpaths in the Forest of Dean.

Incredible illuminations make Westonbirt Arboretum sparkle for Christmas

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is once again embracing the festive spirit with the much-anticipated return of its magical Enchanted Christmas event, which illuminates the popular attraction into a dramatic winter wonderland.

Wyre Forest welcomes parkrun

Wyre Forest District Council, the Forestry Commission and Cleobury Mortimer Fun Runners Club have worked together to bring the popular, free, weekly parkrun event to the Wyre Forest. Every Saturday people can now come and take part in the 5km timed run from 9am – they just need to register at to receive their unique runner bar code.

Forestry Commission experts celebrate tree conservation success

Experts from the Forestry Commission’s National Pinetum at Bedgebury, near Goudhurst in Kent, have succeeded in germinating seeds collected last year from one of the world’s most critically endangered tree species.

The chemistry of the colours of autumn leaves

Forestry Commission England has lots of spectacular sites where people can enjoy leaf-peeping at the rainbow of colours this autumn, and with a natural firework display of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown lighting up our forests, autumn is a magical time of year to visit.

The ten best ways to enjoy autumn at Westonbirt

The blaze of fiery colours provide a spectacular show each year and the team at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt are celebrating the beginning of the famous autumn displays by releasing their favourite ways to best enjoy the season.

What to spot in spectacular autumn forests

Autumn is perhaps the best time of year to visit a Forestry Commission woodland. The colours are beautiful; the trees bountiful with nuts, fruits, berries and seeds, and fungi are abundant across the forest floor. Visitors to the forest may even get to spot wildlife foraging for food, as our forests’ birds and animals prepare for winter.

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.