Forest for the Nation competition

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

Applies to England


[Withdrawn] Forest for the Nation competition

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is running a multi-million-pound grant funding competition to identify a new Forest for the Nation.

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. 

The Forest for the Nation will connect more people to nature through woodland creation and woodland management. 

There will be one overall winner who will get up to £10 million to fund their project and mentorship from the National Forest Company throughout the initial Forest for the Nation implementation period.

Stage one opens for applications on 3 February 2024 and closes at 10am on 18 March 2024. 

Published 20 December 2023
Last updated 39 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added registration details for upcoming webinar session.

  2. Added details about how the competition works, who can apply, and how to apply, including the dates that stage one opens and closes for applications. Forest for the Nation competition PDF has been withdrawn as it is now out of date.

  3. Added a link to the recording of the Forest for the Nation webinar event on 16 January 2024.

  4. Added information about the 'Forest for the nation' grant funding competition webinar under the 'Register your interest' heading.

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