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News releases - 2014



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.


The Gruffalo celebrates his 15th birthday at Alice Holt Forest

Families from Surrey and Hampshire were invited to gather in Alice Holt Forest in June to celebrate The Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary with a big birthday forest picnic.


Forest of Dean boar survey confirms population has grown

The results of a thermal imaging survey in the Forest of Dean estimate the population has grown to more than 800.


‘Don’t touch’ reminder over oak processionary caterpillar nests in London, Surrey and Berkshire

Residents and visitors to parts of London and the Pangbourne district of Berkshire are being reminded not to touch the nests which oak processionary moth caterpillars could be building in oak trees in these areas.


Take to the trees on the Sylva trail

In summer 2014, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire will be home to an outdoor exhibition marking the publication of an extraordinary new book celebrating trees and woodland culture.


Inspirational tree projects recognised at London Tree & Woodland Awards

People and projects working hard to keep London green have been recognised at an awards ceremony held at London City Hall on Wednesday 28 May.