Forest for the Nation competition

Find out how to enter the competition and win the funding to create a new Forest for the Nation.

Applies to England


Forest for the Nation competition

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is launching a competition to create a new Forest for the Nation in England.  

The competition is inspired by the achievements of the National Forest, which has transformed the landscape across 200 square miles of the Midlands since the 1990s. 

There will be one overall winner who will get up to £10 million to fund their project.  

The competition will open for applications at the end of January 2024, but you can register your interest now.

Published 20 December 2023