Since its inception, Friends of Charnwood Forest has undertaken a number of projects to enhance the local environment.

Trees on Anstey Green

Red Oak planting at Anstey
On 11 February 1989 14 Red Oaks provided by FOCF were planted on Anstey Green (seven on each side of the road). The photo shows a number of FOCF members at the planting ceremony.

Martin's Wood

n 1993 the Society, through its members and their friends, raised £12,000 towards the purchase of two fields, a total of 12 acres to the south of Dean's Lane. This purchase was in conjunction with the Woodlands Trust and The National Forest, and was to become Martin's Wood. On Saturday 5th March 1994 there was a symbolic planting of the first 50 saplings. The subsequent planting was restricted to small areas to preserve the views of Charnwood Forest and the Trent Valley. Later that year on 3rd August a plaque commemorating Sir Andrew Martin was unveiled.

The new woods are mainly oak, ash, birch and field maple with willow nearer the stream. There is an outcrop of local forest stone known as Hornstone.

There are many interesting plants and wildlife in both woods. In July 2014 we visited these woods to see how they had evolved in the 20 years since the planting.

Notice Boards for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

In 2016 we provided new information boards at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust reserve sites at Charnwood Lodge and Lea Meadows. Many members will remember that we visited Charnwood Lodge in 2015, and Lea Meadows in 2012. The information boards include our logo and some information about the Friends.

Notice Board for WoodhouseEaves

We have also provided a noticeboard, including a map of Charnwood Forest, outside the Village Hall in Woodhouse Eaves.

Stag's Head in Newtown Linford

In 2018 Newtown Linford Parish Council arranged to get a large dead tree stump on Bradgate Hill, Newtown Linford, carved into a "Stag's Head". We provided a significant contribution towards the cost.