News releases - 2014

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.

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.

Arboretum team head to America in search of ‘autumn bangers’

A team from the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire will travel to North America in September 2014 on a seed collecting expedition.

Will the party come early for leaf-peepers this autumn?

Will autumn come early this year? Forestry Commission England has offered its leaf-peeping advice for top trees to monitor for the first signs.

Exciting catering business opportunity at Bedgebury Pinetum

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, located in Goudhurst, Kent, has been granted planning permission by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the development of its visitor centre café facilities.

Living Symphonies comes to Bedgebury National Pinetum

Living Symphonies comes to Bedgebury National Pinetum this summer from 26-31 August 2014

Exciting programme announced for Treefest, Westonbirt's signature summer event

Thr full programme for Treefest 2014 at The National Arborteum at Westonbirt, has been announced.

Come and enjoy summer holiday adventure at Alice Holt Forest

Gruffalo fun, den building, family bushcraft, caterpillar crafts and a wild learning holiday club adventure camp are just a few of the things for children this summer at Alice Holt Forest.

Ever wondered how a working forest works?

The Forestry Commission at the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland is offering visitors the chance to take part in working forest tours of the 59,000 hectare (145,000-acre) forest. The tours run every Tuesday in August 2014, offering a grandstand view of a high-tech timber harvester in action.

Kids roam for free at Westonbirt!

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is encouraging kids to roam amongst trees and nature with five weeks of free summer activities and crafts and free entry to the arboretum between 23 July – 31 August 2014.

Watch The Jungle Book live at Alice Holt Forest

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings its lively and fun-filled outdoor production of The Jungle Book to the Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt Forest at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 July.

Rare and endangered wildlife amongst hundreds of species recorded during Bedgebury bioblitz

The endangered English eyebright wildflower and the nationally scarce long-horned bee were amongst the 433 species recorded at Bedgebury’s Bioblitz.

Haldon Forest Park team take action against building of unofficial trails

The team that manage the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter is warning cyclists about the dangers of building unofficial trails in the forest.

Are you brave enough to meet the Gruffalo?

Families across England are invited into a deep dark wood near their home this summer to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Gruffalo, with sculpture trails, birthday picnics and now The Great Gruffalo Forest Tour.