We prove that nature and business can be the most powerful partnership
Founded by The Forestry Commission in 1973, Forest Holidays was the first of its kind, leading the way with a pioneering business model that carefully balances planet, purpose and profit.
The long-standing partnership between Forestry England and Forest Holidays provides a sustainable income stream to help manage the nation’s forests for people to enjoy and explore, wildlife to thrive and to enable a sustainable source of timber for the future.
The nation’s forests are a hugely important asset which many people benefit greatly from, but they need to be funded and supported. Our business was founded to do just that; broadening experiences in the nation’s forests whilst contributing a sustainable income to help preserve them for years to come.
We’re passionate about connecting people with nature whilst creating a brighter future for Britain’s forests. To date, Forest Holidays has invested over £100 million into Britain’s forests, increasing recreational use, improving facilities, and creating and maintaining trails.
What started as an ambitious vision has evolved over 50 years. Our business respects nature and benefits ecosystems. It positively impacts and conserves the environment and creates incredible experiences for the millions of people who visit us.
The unique partnership between Forest Holidays and Forestry England ensures both people and nature can thrive alongside one another. More than 80% of the land Forest Holidays occupies is managed for conservation through woodland and landscape plans.
We’re Forestry England’s first major biodiversity corporate partner.
With the support of partners like us, they can deliver landscape-scale nature recovery projects. Over the course of the next five years, Forest Holidays is committed to a forest wilding project.
A public desire to spend recreation time in natural environments was growing. In response, the Forestry Commission made plans to begin steadily creating new facilities for visitors, with the Forest Cabins Branch being formed to oversee the building of new holiday cabins.
The demand from the public was still growing, more capital investment and operational expertise was needed to expand its offering. A new partnership was formed with the Camping and Caravanning Club to manage and expand the overnight accommodation provision in the forest.
Two new partnerships were born, Camping in the Forest with the Camping and Caravanning Club and Forest Holidays. In time, new cabins were introduced in Hampshire, the Forest of Dean, North Yorkshire, Sherwood Forest, Argyll, Norfolk and Stirlingshire.
Today, we continue to be committed to building sustainable locations that protect and promote the UK’s forests. We work closely with Forestry England to deliver key conservation projects across the UK within the Forestry England’s managed woodlands.
The entire ethos of a Forest Holiday is centred on renewal in the peaceful environment of a natural forest setting which is rich in habitat and the wildlife this sustains. We will always ensure that locations and the surrounding public forest are enhanced and enriched.
Together, Forestry England and Forest Holidays do more for the forest
Approximately 19.5 hectares of meadow habitat is managed by Forest Holidays, species are monitored through ecological surveys and ecological projects are championed through a Conservation Fund.