The Forestry Commission manages over 204,000 hectares of woodland in England - a quarter of England's two billion trees. England's woodlands have increased by nearly 70% over the last 75 years, and now accounts for over 8% of the land area.
Since 1 April 1999, the Forestry Commission has created 7,452 hectares of new woodland, and 56,800 hectares of public access to existing woodland within or adjacent to FC Social and Regeneration Priority Areas. Its projects have enabled the reclamation of disused industrial land in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Manchester, Merseyside, and the Greater London area, to create community woodlands for local people to enjoy.
The Forestry Commission is the single largest provider of countryside recreation in England, with over 100 million visits to our woodlands each year. It also hosts internationally-acclaimed music concerts at seven sites, bringing in over 100,000 young people into the unique natural arenas of woodland. Acts featured have ranged from the National Philharmonic Orchestra, to Paul Weller and Massive Attack.
The Commission manages over 2,500km of cycle trails - the length of the Great Wall of China - as well as devising routes for horse riding, all mobility access, sculpture trails and calorie counted health walks.
The Forestry Commission runs over 1000 "Active Woods" events every year, as part of a campaign to get more people off their sofas and into the woods. It runs learning events for 100,000 young people, including excluded children and young offenders.
The Commission manages over 67,000 hectares of designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and contributes to 65 action plans for endangered species, such as the red squirrel, woodlark, dormouse, and pearl bordered fritillary.
Forestry accounts for 6,166 jobs in England, and supports a further 8,573 jobs in related industries. It is relevant to everybody's lives, with every person in Britain using the equivalent of one tonne of wood a year - wrapping breakfast cereals, reading newspapers, or building houses.