The Forest Timeline

The story so far

1996

Ralph’s Wood is planted with the help of The Forestry Commission – 7200 trees

2000

Dorothy’s Wood is planted, named after Felix’s Mother.

2001

Roman Field Wood in Dorsington planted with beech & larch.

2002

Giddings Wood is planted, adding 32 acres of newly created native woodland.

50,000 trees planted to date.

2003

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

Pitchell’s Wood is planted, creating the first 130 acres of the Forest of Dennis

2004

Spernal Estate is purchased, with over 2,500 acres of farmland and woodland

2005

Blenheim Wood is planted.

2006

The first tree nursery is established at Spernal as a pilot project to find out if we can grow from seed.

Planting starts and the first wetland habitat is created on the Spernal Estate.

School visits begin, with the help of The Country Trust

Dorsington Wood is planted.

200,000 trees now planted

2007

Planting continues in both Dorsington & Spernal – Over 200 acres planted this season

2008

The project starts working with The Wildlife Trusts

2009

186 acres of Coughton Park bought for the project

Baylis’s Hill Wood planted.

Over 100,000 trees planted for the first time on one season.

Break through the half a million trees barrier – 549,740 planted

2011

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

2012

The dormouse woodland project gets underway at Spernal

Tree Nursery is relocated to Coughton Park

Further land purchased at Honeybourne.

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’.

Planting of 330 acre and over 145,000 trees is completed at Honeybourne.

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.