We are excited to announce that the Heart of England Forest will feature on BBC One’s Countryfile.
Countryfile is one of the most watched and popular TV programmes on the BBC and reports on rural and environmental matters in Britain. Typically focusing on a particular region for each episode, the Countryfile team uncovers the stories and distinctive characteristics that make that area special.
Countryfile has chosen to feature the Heart of England Forest and the amazing scale of our work in the forthcoming programme this weekend. The programme will focus on the Heart of England Forest’s progress since our founder set this epic mission in motion.
“Whosoever plants a tree, winks at immortality”
Felix Dennis established the Heart of England Forest to tackle a clear and vital issue: the lack of native woodland cover within the UK.
Our vision today is just as focused and determined as Felix. We are working to plant, protect and preserve a huge new, 30,000-acre broadleaf forest. We are reversing centuries of decline and planting one of the largest forests in England, in one of the most densely populated parts of the country.
Since Felix began his mission in 1996 we have planted an incredible 1.6 million trees across 3,400 acres. Now at 12% of our long-term goal, the Heart of England Forest is already the largest new native broadleaf woodland in the country with much to offer local and wider communities.
Head Forester, Stephen Coffey and Trustee, Alison Hunter spent a fun day with the Countryfile team showing them around the forest. This included visiting our founder’s statue and also chatting with some of the volunteers who have helped us during the recent planting season.
We are very grateful for the chance to be featured on such a well-regarded and popular television programme. It is an exciting opportunity to raise our profile, enabling more people to learn about the charity’s work, the people and partners who are helping us achieve this and our one of a kind founder.
We hope you tune in, and feel inspired to join this vital mission to plant tomorrow’s great native woodland. Whether you visit, volunteer, donate or partner with us, you can play a vital role. Together we will create an exciting new woodland that’s open to anyone and planted with the help and support of everyone.