This year marks the centenary of the Forestry Commission. It was founded in September 1919, with a mission to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War. Today it is the country’s largest landowner, looking after over 1,500 forests around the UK.
To celebrate the centenary, there will be events all around the country, including a special garden by Sarah Eberle at the Chelsea Flower Show illustrating the importance of protecting the nation’s woods and forests. There will be 10km runs in locations including Sherwood Forest and the Forest of Dean, and a series of woodland concerts by artists such as Paul Weller and Tears For Fears.