The National Forest
For the past 25 years The National Forest has been created through tireless dedication, transforming a scarred landscape in one of the boldest environmental regeneration projects in the world. Located right in the heart of England, The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the Midlands. Including parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. With a history of coal-mining and heavy industry, the work undertaken by The National Forest has helped to create views of rolling farmland, ancient forests and newly planted woodlands. Turning a once black landscape green.
I took this photograph in November 2019. It shows a before and after of a previously heavily mined landscape in the now National Forest. The change to the landscape is having a measurable impact on local communities, with enhanced recreational activities, increased tourism, a resurgence of local craft work. With 9 million trees planted, the aim is to plant another 7 million. Padfield is proud to be, with your help, part of this incredible story of regeneration.
Founder, Padfield England
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