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The National Forest

The National Forest is one of England’s most ambitious environmental projects. Across parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, 200 square miles are being transformed, blending ancient woodland with new planting to create a new National Forest. There is a wealth of choice for great days out or short breaks with bustling attractions, gentle walking and brilliant activities.

In less than twenty years, one of the least wooded parts of the country has been transformed. Over 8 million trees have been planted, trebling the woodland cover and creating habitats for wildlife and a beautiful landscape for people to enjoy. 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.

The gentle undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling and horse-riding. And through the creation of new habitats, The National Forest is an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.

Explore The National Memorial Arboretum, National Brewery Centre, Barton Marina, Twycross Zoo, Calke Abbey, CONKERS, Snibston, Bradgate Park, Hicks Lodge: National Forest Cycle Centre, National Forest Adventure Farm and many more award winning attractions.

From watersports to wildlife watching, cycling to craft centres and loads of wet weather options too, The National Forest really does have something for everyone. And in this ever-changing landscape as the Forest grows, one thing is guaranteed, there is always something new to see.

Walkers will discover the National Forest’s evolution from a rural landscape, through industrialisation and its decline to the modern-day creation of a new forest, where 21st century life is threaded through a mosaic of green spaces and settlements.  The trail leads through young and ancient woodlands, market towns and the industrial heritage of this changing landscape at the heart of the Midlands.  For more information visit www.nationalforestway.co.uk

For more information on the wealth of things to do and see in The National Forest and to request or download a visitor guide, visit the website: www.visitnationalforest.co.uk  email enquiries@nationalforest.org  or call 01283 551 211.

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