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News releases - 2014



England's woodland owners thanked after slowdown in Ramorum disease

Woodland owners who have co-operated with the Forestry Commission’s Phytophthora ramorum control programme have been thanked for helping to achieve a slowdown in the spread of the disease in England.


Dr Mary Barkham appointed Forestry Commissioner

Dr Mary Barkham has been appointed a Forestry Commissioner for England.


6,000 clean-up bill at Bonnetts Wood

Up to 50 tonnes of rubbish was dumped at Bonnetts Wood in Upminster last week, leaving the Forestry Commission with a clean-up bill of 6,000


The Script announce forest gig

The Script is the first act to be announced for Forest Live 2015; the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission, where bands perform in unique woodland locations across England.


Luke Duggleby launches unique outdoors exhibition of prize winning photography at Grizedale Forest

The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest in Cumbria is now hosting an award-winning photography exhibition, where visitors will be able to walk amongst the trees to see “Guardians of the Areng Valley”, Luke Duggleby’s stunning photographs taken in the forests of Cambodia.


Festive events for all the family

From magical illuminated trails, festive woodland walks and holiday-inspired crafts, to buying a Christmas tree right from the heart of the forest, Forestry Commission England has a range of events and activities running across the country for all the family to enjoy.


New apprenticeship to blaze a trail for forestry skills

Forestry Commission England has joined forces with businesses from across forestry, arboriculture, horticulture and landscaping to begin developing a new set of apprenticeship standards under the Government’s Trailblazer programme.


Semiconductor to unveil Jerwood Open Forest commission Cosmos at Alice Holt Forest

Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England has announced that an ambitious new sculpture by artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) 'Cosmos' will be unveiled at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey on 22 October 2014.


New arboretum tree trail opens at Alice Holt Forest

The new tree trail at the Alice Holt Arboretum, a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the Alice Holt Community Forum (AHCF), has been officially opened.


Lantern Making, Fun with Fungus and The Gruffalo’s Child at Alice Holt Forest this Half Term

Autumn is a time when fungus grows, animals hibernate, evenings get darker and nocturnal animals come out to play. Join the Forestry Commission’s education team at Alice Holt for some creepy crawly, dark and dingy, fungus-finding half-term activities!


Experience a festive feast of lights at Westonbirt this Christmas

As the days become shorter, nights become colder and families start to make their festive plans the Forestry Commission has released tickets for this year’s Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt 2014.


Dalby if you dare?

This year’s ‘Fear in the Forest’ Halloween event will take place later this month at the North Yorkshire Moors beauty spot of Dalby Forest, which is managed by the Forestry Commission.


This autumn learn, see and play amongst a riot of colour at Westonbirt

As the break-taking seasonal hues develop there is something for everyone to enjoy at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire.


The Gruffalo’s Child sets off on her autumn forest adventure

From Friday 3 October 2014, families will have the opportunity to go on a forest adventure with Mouse as the Gruffalo’s Child activity trails come to 24 forests and woods across England.


Gearing up for the Big Bike Weekend at Kielder Forest

England’s largest trail centre is gearing up ready for the Kielder Big Bike Weekend on the 18 and 19 October 2014.


Experts predict spectacular autumn display but warn not to be fooled by ‘false autumn’

Impressive displays of vibrant autumn hues are expected if weather conditions remain consistent over the coming weeks, according to Forestry Commission England.


New app solves problem of identifying young trees and shrubs

A new app-based field guide from the Forestry Commission has been launched to help identify almost 100 tree and shrub seedlings under one year old that are commonly found in British woods and forests.


Change at the top for the Forestry Commission in the south of England

The Forestry Commission has announced who will take the reins as Deputy Surveyor for the New Forest.


Westonbirt announces partnership with Woodland Adventurers to provide outdoor learning

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt has announced a partnership with Woodland Adventurers, a leading provider of outdoor learning, to run exciting activities connecting children to nature.


Change at the top for the Forestry Commission in the north of England

The Forestry Commission has announced who will take the reins as Forest Management Director for the North England District.


Improve your health and fitness with Nordic Walking

Forestry Commission England takes Nordic Walking in its stride at Alice Holt Forest, offering beginners’ classes starting this autumn.


See Westonbirt Arboretum in a different light this Enchanted Christmas

People are being invited to kick-start the festive season with a magical experience amongst the trees at one of the country’s most enchanting Christmas trails.


Join The Gruffalo’s Child on her forest adventure

From 3 October 2014 until February 2015*, self-led Gruffalo’s Child activity trails will be located in 24 Forestry Commission forests across England, continuing the nationwide celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.


Hamsterley Forest bridge opens to the public

After an investment of nearly a third of a million pounds, Hamsterley Forest now boasts another new attraction with a new iconic bridge crossing the Bedburn beck - creating a circular multi-user trail for all visitors. The new bridge opens formally on Thursday 11 September.