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News releases - 2017

Forestry Commission England’s guide to choosing the perfect Christmas tree

What better way to celebrate the festive season than with the most glorious Christmas tree. But other than size, what are the things to consider when buying your Christmas centrepiece?

Countdown begins for Countryside Stewardship woodland creation

The two-month countdown has begun for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant.


Farmers, foresters and landowners are today being encouraged to plan ahead for the next round of funding for woodland creation, which opens for applications in just two months.

Pannage season extended in the New Forest

The Forestry Commission’s Deputy Surveyor announced today that the pannage season will be extended past the usual 60-day period until Sunday 17 December because there are so many acorns.

Land exchange sparks site improvement to Linear Park

Recent visitors to Linear Park may have noticed much needed work for the site has taken place over the past week.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce forest live dates

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott with special guest Billy Bragg have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Enchanted Christmas returns to Westonbirt Arboretum to wow festive families

The popular annual Enchanted Christmas attraction returns to the National Arboretum this December transforming the spectacular Forestry Commission setting into a winter wonderland of light festive cheer.

Gary Barlow announces Forest gigs

Gary Barlow is the first artist to be announced as part of Forest Live 2018, the annual summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Top ten secret autumn colour spots

The Forestry Commission have chosen their top ten secret spots, where everyone can enjoy a little bit of autumn.

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Beechenhurst Café

Beechenhurst Café will be hosting their first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September.

Branch out with woodland!

The Forestry Commission is encouraging landowners and land managers to start planning now to apply for funding for woodland creation available through the 2018 Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Re-appointment of Forestry Commissioner Mary Barkham

Her Majesty the Queen, acting on the advice of Ministers, has re-appointed Dr Mary Barkham as a Forestry Commissioner for England.

Who will you find in the deep dark wood?

For the first time ever, fourteen Forestry Commission forests across England will transform into the deep dark wood, with the installation of brand new Gruffalo character sculptures.

Arts Council England grant awarded for exciting forest theatre experiences

The Arts Council has awarded £139,000 to the Forestry Commission and theatre partner Burn the Curtain to develop their outdoor theatre experiences.

Local families enjoy free event at Castle Neroche

Families recently enjoyed a free Family day at Castle Neroche, hosted by the Forestry Commission in partnership with Blackdown Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB).

Focus on a feel-good autumn with the Forestry Commission

Forestry Commission England is giving a fresh focus to ‘forest bathing’ through a new partnership with mental health charity Mind.


‘Feel Good autumn’ is a new initiative encouraging people to spend time in the forest to boost their wellbeing, after 94% of respondents to a Mind survey said green exercise had benefited their mental health.

A soggy summer suggests later and longer autumn colour, say experts at the Forestry Commission

A dry spring followed by a soggy summer for some could mean an extended autumn display; say experts at Forestry Commission England.