About the National Forest
The dream of creating a new 'Forest for the Nation' is happening across 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
This is now well under way with woodland cover having increased from around 6% in 1991 to 19.5% in 2013 by 2016 0ver 8 million trees have been planted. This has made large swathes of countryside more accessible for local people and visitors with 86% of woodlands accessible, to be explored and enjoyed. Increasing numbers of people are relishing this new public access in ever-changing surroundings and finding a host of attractions and activities to enjoy - all to the benefit of the local economy. The ultimate goal is for woodland to cover around a third of the Forest area and to link the ancient forests of Charnwood and Needwood, blending new and maturing woodland within a wide variety of landscapes.
The National Forest is about largescale landscape change that has already delivered regeneration. It will increasingly help us to address climate change and to value and enjoy our natural environment.
Things To Do
Wonderful woodland walks, Forest experiences, historic houses, exciting visitor centres, sparkling lakes, cosy guesthouses, log cabins in sun-dappled glades, fantastic festivals - these are just waiting for you in The National Forest. Fancy a long distance trail through The National Forest? The National Forest Way long distance walking trail explores the highlights of The National Forest, extending over 75 miles from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.
We are easy to get to, right in the heart of the country, with easy road, and airport links, North West Leicestershire is at the heart of the National Forest so please visit the website for further details or pick up a copy from Ashby or Swadlincote Tourist Information Centres, telephone 01530 411767 or 01283 222848.
Last updated: Fri 19 March, 2021 @ 12:03