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Developing the Midlands Forest Network

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Mapping the Network

Tell us about your current and future pipeline projects to capture this growing network of woodlands habitats across the Midlands.
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Be part of this ambitious growing network. You will have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from shared learning, mapping and opportunities.
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The Midlands Engine Partnership is committed to green growth, encouraging investment in economic sectors and natural assets that decarbonise our region and help to build a sustainable, resilient economy.

Now, more than ever, the Midlands needs a landscape rich in woods, trees and other habitats, where natural habitats are more connected, to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate, support economic growth and enhance wellbeing for communities. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with the Midlands one of the least wooded parts of the UK with woodland cover in the Midlands Engine area being just 7.4% compared to an England average of 10%.

The Midlands Engine Area




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of England’s ancient woodland



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What is the Midlands Forest Network?

The Midlands Forest Network (MFN) is a bold initiative that’s aspiring to bring about new opportunities and investment for the protection, restoration and creation of woods and trees in the Midlands. Led by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, National Forest Company and Midlands Engine, and supported by an initial investment of c £400,000 from Defra and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the MFN will create a web of connected habitats that thread through our landscapes and communities, linking existing woodlands and green initiatives, engaging people in the natural world and delivering social, environmental and economic benefits for the whole of the Midlands.

Over the next two years, the project will:
  • Establish a ‘Midlands Forest Network’ vision and delivery framework to engage stakeholders, coordinate effort and share practice.
  • Map where public and private investment in nature-based solutions, in particular woodland, can best deliver public goods and community benefit, supply chain resilience, green infrastructure, and flood risk reduction.
  • Work with our stakeholders to build a portfolio of woodland-based ‘investable propositions’ that deliver the vision and attract green finance.
  • Engage a wider and more diverse Midlands audience and connecting them with woods and trees.

Learn More

Recordings from the Midlands Forest Network Launch in February 2024.

MFN explained

The Midlands Forest Network Explained


The case for the Midlands


Linking to the national picture


The funding dimension


The MFN and local nature recovery strategies


Green finance and the Midlands Forest Network

If you have any questions or queries about the Midlands Forest Network, please contact us at
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