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Popular visitor centre seeks new management company

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Visitor centre at Rosliston Forestry Centre, The National Forest, West Midlands Forest District

Rosliston Forestry Centre, a popular tourist attraction in South Derbyshire, is looking for new management.

The site forms part of The National Forest and is co-owned by the Forestry Commission and South Derbyshire District Council as part of a successful strategic partnership which has been in place for 20 years. The present company have been managing the site since it opened along with the partnership and this will conclude in March 2018

The successful operator will be responsible for the effective management of all the buildings within the scope of the commercial operation, including the visitor centre, retail space, meeting rooms, play areas both indoor and outdoor and log cabin accommodation.

The management of the woodland will remain with the Forestry Commission as part of their extensive sustainable forestry work across the Public Forest Estate.

Both the District Council and the Forestry Commission continue to have high aspirations for the centre, balancing community and visitor needs with the aim of achieving a sustainable economic business.

South Derbyshire District Council and the Forestry Commission are following a ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation’ procurement exercise which provides the opportunity for the partners and the bidders to work together to develop the most appropriate solution.  Full information on this process can be found at  

An event is being held at Rosliston Forestry Centre on 2nd March 2017 to allow for interested parties to discuss their views with the partners. If you are interested in attending that event please register at

Notes to editors:

  1. Rosliston Forestry Centre is a successful tourist attraction providing visitors and the local community with a wide range of outdoor experiences and activities. The original executive partners – South Derbyshire District Council, Forestry Commission and the National Forest Company acquired the site of a former farm in 1993 and have supported its development since that time. It has transformed from a farm to a mature community woodland. The past 20 years have seen the development of its visitor’s amenities from an initial basic offer to the present range of facilities. General information on visitor facilities at Rosliston Forestry Centre can be found at:
  2. Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at
  3. South Derbyshire District Council is part of the two-tier local government for Derbyshire. Derbyshire has eight district councils and a county council. Services for South Derbyshire are divided between ourselves and the county council.