Commercial Forestry!Of the original ancient woodlands in the
The more wood there is the more room there is for economic advancement. The
imports 85% of the timber it needs every year, which is not sustainable. The
National Forest provide support for both
landowners with mature woodland and new woodland owners with the education and
training to ultimately produce sustainable, high quality timber. UK
The net benefit of the
Forest since 1991 is calculated at
£140m and 333 jobs have been created/ safeguarded through forestry, farm
diversification to forest uses and woodland businesses since the creation of
the forest in 1990.
There are over 8 million visitors to the national forest every year, who come to see the beauty of the wood, and participate in the activities offered such as cycling, horseriding, walking, fishing, forest experiences, health spas, motor sports, water sports, archery, Llama treks and winter sports at the Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre.
There are also several lakes which people can sail on, heritage sites including several museums and Claymills Victorian Plumbing Station. Also available to visit are art& craft centres a zoo and a Maize Maze. Several towns in the forest hold events such as barn dances and Ceilidhs which are popular visitor attractions. In 2008 Tourism was worth £287m pa which prompted the building of Over 20 new tourism attractions have opened, including the £16m Conkers which opened in 2001 and there are 4,400 tourism related jobs.