About Heart of England Forest

ABOUT THE HEART OF ENGLAND FOREST

Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity.  We want to help reverse centuries of woodland decline and plant one of the largest forests in England. Our goal is to create a huge, unbroken woodland – a refuge from the modern world where people can rediscover nature and wildlife can flourish. It’s an ambitious vision, which we’re determined to make happen, one tree at a time.

Already England's largest new native broadleaf forest, the Heart of England Forest is not only a perfectly positioned lung for the Midlands, but a breath of fresh air for the nation. With over 1.8 million new native trees planted so far, this project is restoring our native woodland – providing a safe and permanent habitat for wildlife as well as an escape for people from the urban environments surrounding it.

The forest stretches up the Warwickshire / Worcestershire border, from the present-day borders of Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden to the edge of the Vale of Evesham – the north Cotswolds to south Birmingham. It’s an area dense in cities, towns and industry. Which is why we’re creating a place to walk under shady canopies and through airy glades, away from the bustle of city life.

The UK has less than a third of the native tree cover of many other European countries, including France, Germany and Italy. Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland has already started.  With 7,000 acres of land, the forest currently consists of 600 acres of mature woodland and around 4,000 acres of new planting. We have planted an incredible 1.8 million trees so far, that’s over 13% of the way towards our goal of a 30,000-acre forest. But with patience and your support, who knows how far it will grow!

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