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News releases - 2014



Woodland creation grant disputed case (Wallshield): decision

On 11 November 2014, under its delegated authority, Forestry Commission’s England National Committee (ENC) approved the disputed woodland creation scheme application at Wallsheild in Northumberland meaning that the proposed planting can now go ahead.


Tom Odell announces Forestry Commission gigs

Tom Odell has announced a very special tour of the nation’s forests for 2015.


Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce forest show

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced a Forest Live date at Dalby Forest for 2015.


Festive fun at Haldon Forest Park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.


Festive fun at Cardinham Woods

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Forestry Commission’s Cardinham Woods near Bodmin


Work on Westonbirt's new tree management centre begins

The ground works have begun on what will become the new Wolfson Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.


Have a forest adventure with Superworm in 2015

From the creators of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, the hugely popular children’s story Superworm will come to Forestry Commission England’s woods and forests in 2015.


England's most famous Christmas tree arrives at the Houses of Parliament

On 29 November 2014, the Westminster Christmas tree arrived at the Houses of Parliament on a huge truck all the way from Kielder Forest, Northumberland.


Calorie burning trails to get forest fit this New Year

Forestry Commission England is helping visitors to burn off excess festive calories this New Year by matching some of its most popular trails to the calorie counts of favourite Christmas treats.


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.


Experience a festive feast of lights at Westonbirt this Christmas

Organisers of Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas have revealed more details about the magical interactive features visitors can experience at this year’s event.


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.