The Forest Timeline

The story so far

1996

Ralph’s Wood is planted at Dorsington with the help of The Forestry Commission

The first hedge is planted near Udde Well

2001

Pitchall Wood is planted – over 100 acres

2003

Forest of Dennis is founded to push the long-term vision forward

2004

Spernal Estate is purchased, with over 2,500 acres

2006

The project’s first tree nursery is established at Spernal

The first wetland habitat is also established on the Spernal Estate

School visits begin, with the help of The Country Trust

2008

The project starts working with The Wildlife Trusts

2009

186 acres of Coughton Park Wood bought for the project

2011

The Forest of Dennis becomes the Heart of England Forest registered charity

2012

The dormouse woodland project gets underway in Alne Wood

Over 5 kilometres of hedges planted and laid

Tree Nursery is relocated to Coughton Park

2013

The 1 Millionth Tree is planted

2014

Founder Felix Dennis passes away but his legacy passes on through the board of Trustees

2015

The first visitor car parks open with 5 different way marked walking routes

Butterfy Conservation recognise HoEF for its promotion of butterfly habitats with the March Lepidoptera Award, while Stratford Ramblers award HoEF ‘Footpath Of The Year’.

2016

484 acres at Coughton Field Farm purchased, which connects land at Middle Spernal.

A record breaking planting season – 154,810 trees planted across 321 acres!

The Volunteer Hub opens at Coughton Park Tree Nursery.

New land of just over 400 acres purchased at Sheriffs Lench

2017

The 1.5 Millionth Tree planted in February.