UK woodland carbon goes on sale for first time
The first units of carbon dioxide set to be sequestered, or removed from the atmosphere, by woodlands validated under the UK’s Woodland Carbon Code have been notified for sale for the first time.
Forestry commission pilot boosts wild venison supply
A Forestry Commission hosted project across the East of England has made it easier for businesses to bring wild venison to supermarket shelves and help address some of the issues associated with a growing deer population in the region
Five signs that spring is arriving at Westonbirt Arboretum
Spring is starting to stir at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, as nature gets ready to bring an explosion of colour to the stunning Victorian-designed landscape, which is cared for by the Forestry Commission.
Sir Harry Studholme appointed Chair of Forestry Commission
Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners for a term of three years.
Forestry sector meets to set the way forward for skills, learning and development
Leading figures in forestry met at the Highgrove Estate on Friday 14 February to discuss how to work better together to ensure forestry skills remain a priority for the future.
Westonbirt Arboretum grows community links
The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire has welcomed two new Community Officers to its team as part of a project to help more people to learn from, participate in and enjoy the arboretum’s trees and heritage.
Deacon Blue Forest Live dates announced
Deacon Blue have announced concerts as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series. Performing in spectacular woodland locations around the country the shows will be their only headline shows in England this summer.
Britain’s forest area hits almost 3m hectares
The Forestry Commission has published new National Forest Inventory data showing that Great Britain has about two and a half times more forest and woodland than it had 100 years ago.
The National Arboretum prepares for a new start
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire will turn over a new leaf this summer with the completion of the first phase of its exciting redevelopment project.
Volunteers reach five year landmark
On Sunday 4 March, the Woodland Workout volunteer group that work in the Forestry Commission’s Osgodby Wood will be marking their five year anniversary, with two of the original volunteers leading the celebrations.
New approach allows more people to volunteer in ancient woods
The Forestry Commission is launching a range of volunteering opportunities at their woodlands in the Silverstone area in order to allow more people to learn new skills, make friends, keep fit and help maintain these historic woodlands.
Little Mix Forest Live concerts announced
Pop sensations Little Mix are the latest act to announce their participation in the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert calendar where bands perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country each summer.
The Gruffalo comes home to the deep dark wood to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ever-green tale
Themed activity trails, giant wooden Gruffalo sculptures and a big birthday forest picnic coming to a forest near you.
Families across England are invited into a deep dark wood near their home this year to celebrate The Gruffalo's 15th anniversary with characters from the world-famous picture books.
Nationwide Forest Discovery Day celebrates woods and forests during English Tourism Week
Forestry Commission England will host Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 30 March, during English Tourism Week, to invite more people to explore all that England’s woods and forests have to offer.
Forestry Commission launches competition to find Forest Rangers of the future
The Forestry Commission in the South of England has launched an exciting new competition to give young people locally the chance to be a Forestry Commission Ranger for the day. Each winner will also receive a £100 voucher for Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and a two night stay on one of 15 Camping in the Forest sites.
More colours, less crowds this spring at Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum may be known for its dazzling leaf colour during autumn, but this spring its team will be encouraging visitors to enjoy the wide spectrum of colours that its flowering trees and shrubs have to offer from March to May, through a range of events and trails.
Suede announce forest gigs for the summer
Britpop pioneers Suede have announced gigs this summer as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series where an eclectic mix of acts perform in magnificent woodland locations around the country.
Conifer Capers at Westonbirt Arboretum!
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum will be offering families the chance to explore some fascinating, useful and very beautiful trees this February, when it holds its Conifer Capers event from 18 – 20 February.
Have the Forestry Commission found a way to banish the winter blues?
The Forestry Commission claim to have found the perfect way to banish the winter blues with a range of volunteering opportunities that give people the chance to get outdoors, make new friends and start to improve their fitness.
Katherine Jenkins East Anglian concert announced for the summer
Superstar diva, Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced a special concert this summer, appearing in Thetford Forest as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live 2014 concert calendar.
James Blunt announces forest gig
Multi award-winning artist, James Blunt has announced he will be playing in the beautiful setting of Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live annual concert series.
Safety first at Whinlatter Forest after the stormy weather
The Forestry Commission team at Whinlatter Forest have been working hard during and after the recent stormy weather in the area.
Clearing up after the stormy weather at Kielder Water and Forest Park
The Forestry Commission team at Kielder Water & Forest Park have been working hard to clear up after the recent stormy weather in the area.
Have your say on Birchden Wood
Join the Forestry Commission’s online forum to discuss ideas for the future management of the toilet block, car park and campsite at Birchden Wood, near Tunbridge Wells.
Café Duo Bid Farewell to Haughmond’s Hikers
Bernie and Ellen Whittle of Pine Tops Café at the Forestry Commission’s Haughmond Hill will be marking the end of an era when they hang up their aprons and retire in the spring.
Haven for wildlife receives cash boost from the Forestry Commission
Twenty five years ago, three friends bought a small piece of woodland in Warwickshire. Since then it has become a haven for rare, local wildlife, particularly woodland birds. It is being maintained and conserved by the owners and a team of enthusiastic volunteers and has had a welcome boost from the Forestry Commission
Katherine Jenkins West Country concert announced for the summer
Superstar diva, Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced a special concert this summer, appearing at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert calendar.
From tiny acorns does mighty love grow: how trees and forests have been linked to love over the centuries
Our woods and forests have long been steeped in vibrant folklore which has entwined romance and trees for centuries.
With the unmistakeable whiff of love in the woodland air, here’s Forestry Commission England’s guide to the myths, fairy tales and quirks that make woods and forests some of the most romantic places on earth.
Paul Weller announces Forestry Commission gigs
Paul Weller has confirmed five forest gigs, appearing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert programme in spectacular woodland locations across the country
Boyzone forest shows announced for the summer
Boyzone have announced their Forest Live debut this summer. In a continuation of the celebration of their ‘BZ20’ anniversary, Ronan, Keith, Shane and Mikey will be performing in four spectacular woodland locations as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series.
Brownies turn woodland helpers!
The Forestry Commission team at Stoke Park Woods had some welcome help earlier this month from a group local of children.
Jessie J concerts announced as part of Forest Live
Jessie J has announced summer dates for 2014 as part of Forest Live, organised by the Forestry Commission, where concerts are performed in spectacular woodland locations around the country
England’s largest forest shines as part of the country’s first official Dark Sky Park
Forestry Commission England’s work to protect and improve England’s largest man made forest in Kielder, Northumberland, has resulted in two thirds of the forest being included in the country’s first official Dark Sky Park.