Buckholt Forest, Hampshire, in Drayton's Poly-Olbion
Michael Drayton's allegorical representation of Buckholt Forest, Hampshire, in Poly-Olbion


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Public sector

Government agencies

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Department of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

             Landscape Protection: The Future of the Forest of Dean: government paper

The Forestry Commission, ultimate successors in 1919 of the Office of Woods, itself the successor to the Commissioner of Woods (within the Crown lands)

            Alice Holt Research Station, whose web-site has ecological and some historical material about Alice Holt Forest

The Countryside Agency

             Addressing the Social, Economic, and Environmental Needs of the Forest of Dean: recommendations to the government

English Nature

Environment Agency

Countryside Council for Wales
Defence Estates

Forest and forest-related bodies


Ashdown Forest Conservators

Forest of Bowland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Epping Forest (Corporation of London)

The Greensand Trust, Bedfordshire

Verderers of the New Forest

The Forest of Marston Vale

The National Forest, a regeneration scheme on the borders of Leicestershire, Staffordshire, and south Derbyshire, linking ancient Needwood in Staffordshire with Charnwood in Leicestershire.

Sherwood Forest Trust

Stansted Forest

Cannock Chase AONB Unit (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Local government


East Northampton Distict, includes Rockingham Forest

Voluntary sector

National organisations

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales

Open Spaces Society

Ramblers' Association

The Deer Initiative
The British Deer Society
The Woodland Trust
The Tree Council

Ancient Tree Forum
CCW / Ancient Tree Forum Wales
Royal Forestry Society

The Arboricultural Association

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts

The Landscape Institute
Field Studies Council

The National Biodiversity Network

The Geography Association

The Historical Association

Workers Educational Association

Forest amenity groups

Alice Holt Forest - web-site of a residents' action group which contains ecological items and examples of early maps. See also Forestry Commission, above.

Friends of Ashdown Forest

Dean Heritage Museum Trust

Dean Forest Voice

            Written evidence by Dean Forest Voice to the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions. (Opposed to statutory landscape legislation, in favour of increased powers for the Verderers, presided over by the Deputy Gaveller. 'Our ancient rights are the key [to preserving the character of the forest].')

Since Time Out of Mind: Reflections on the past, present, and future of the Forest of Dean by Keith Webb, a former chairman of the Forest of Dean Local History Society.

Friends of Epping Forest

Hainault Forest Website: Author and photographs, Brian Ecott

New Forest Association

New Forest Committee

New Forest Commoners Defence Association

Rockingham Forest Trust, also described on the pages of Northamptonshire County Council and The Small Woods Association, Woodland Initiatives Register

UK Biodiversity Action Plan, inter alia involves Rockingham Forest

Thetford and its Forest, part of the web-site of an amateur field archaeologist, Paul Brooker

The Wychwood Project, raising public awareness of the forest in West Oxfordshire

The Forest on Our Doorstep, a brief illustrated description of the Wyre Forest on a personal web-page

Worcestershire Biological Records Centre, covers Feckingham and other west Midlands forest areas


National Parks: authorities and amenity groups


Association of National Parks Authorities

Council for National Parks

     (and Friends of the National Parks)

Exmoor National Park Authority

The Exmoor Society

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Dartmoor National Park Authority

Dartmoor Preservation Association

Peak District National Park Authority

Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales Society

North York Moors National Park Authority

North Yorkshire Moors Association

Northumberland National Park Authority

Lake District National Park Authority

Friends of the Lake District

Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia National Park Authority

Brecon Beacons Park Society/Cymdeithas Parc Bannau Brycheiniog

Business sector

Country Land & Business Association

The Royal Forest of Dean

The Speech House, location of the Verderers' Court of the Forest of Dean (includes 'History' page)

              Brief History of the Speech House  and Verderers' Court (taken from a Speech House Hotel booklet)

Gascoyne Cecil Estates, Cranborne and Hatfield

The New Forest

New Forest On-Line


Independent policy bodies


Institute for Public Policy Research

Groundwork UK

Related academic sites


European Commons Network, a network of scholars working on aspects of the history of common rights and commonlands in Europe

AHRB Research Centre for Environmental History, based in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling

The Whittlewood Project, an archaeological, historical, and onomastic investigation of the medieval forest on the borders of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire

Personal pages

Dr John Langton, St John's College, Oxford
Dr Graham Jones, Research Assistant

Other reference sources

'The Verderers of Epping Forest', BBC History page with text by Richard Morris and photographs of the sixteenth-century hunt 'Standing'.

The Ancient Forest of Dean: Extracts from Worth, The Tourist's Guide to Gloucestershire (1888).