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The National Forest is one of the country's boldest environmental projects, transforming 200 square miles in the centre of England.

The idea for the National Forest launched over 30 years ago when local communities across the Midlands made the case for a new national forest to be created in their area. Incredibly passionate people living in the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire coalfields area campaigned hard and won the fight to establish the National Forest in the Heart of England where the landscape had been ravaged by coal and minerals extraction.

This has been a positive story of regeneration with landowners, farmers, businesses and local communities support more than 8.5 million trees have been planted.

The aim is to achieve forest cover of approximately 30% across the 200 square miles.This is a massive target when you consider that when it started some areas had as little as 2%, current cover is now at 20%.

Charity No: 1166563

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