Welcome to the Friends of Charnwood Forest

To work towards the preservation of the countryside and local environment of Charnwood Forest Regional Park for the benefit of those who live within it, for those who visit, and for future generations.

Friends of Charnwood Forest is a society aiming to protect the natural beauty and amenities of the area known as Charnwood Forest. Membership is is open to all.

More details about what we do and who we are can be found here.

Stag's Head Appeal

Newtown Linford Parish Council has arranged to get a large dead tree stump on Bradgate Hill, Newtown Linford, carved into a "Stag's Head", and this is now complete. We provided a significant contribution towards the cost.


Here is our latest Newsletter

FoCF Sponsorship

The Committee has been considering how to use some of the Society's surplus funds (this was also raised at the 2015 AGM), and we have 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.

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

Our Next Event

Our next meeting - the first outdoor meeting - will be on Thursday 12th July, with a visit and guided tour of the 1620 House and Gardens at Donington Le Heath, Manor Road, LE67 2FW (formerly Donington Le Heath Manor House). There will be two guided tours of the house, one at 11.00am and one at 13.00. Each tour will last about 1 hour. There is a minimum of 10 for each tour and a maximum of 20.

We hope that all the members can meet up for lunch between 12.00 and 13.00. Tours of the garden can take place before or after the house tour. The property is open from 10.30am. There is a car park on site. The admission for all our members will be £5pp and your entrance ticket will last for 12 months giving you access to the café and gardens. The ticket office is on the RHS as you enter and it is payment on the day.

Booking is essential: please telephone 01530 245373, or email Dick Howard.

Heritage Lottery Fund Application

The National Forest Company made an application ("The Chronicles of Charnia") to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £3M grant to enhance the National Forest. Here are details of the application .

The Application states "The Chronicles of Charnia" will celebrate the area's internationally important volcanic legacy. It will enable and encourage people to explore its rich landscape and diverse heritage. It will provide deeper engagement for residents and visitors, while contributing to the local economy. It will coordinate management at a landscape-scale to make Charnwood's heritage more resilient to growing pressures. Most importantly, it will create a greater sense of local pride, inspiring communities to restore the character of this special place".
It has a strap-line "Made by volcanoes, shaped by people".

In early November we heard that the application was successful.

And here are two Powerpoint presentations from a recent Stakeholder Workshop: an introduction and an update.

Events and Programmes for 2018

Details of future meetings, social events, outdoor visits, etc. of Friends of Charnwood Forest is available here.

Previous Events

Here are details of some of our previous events, which includes some photographs from our 25th Anniversary Party.



The National Trust's only property in Leicestershire, Stoneywell, lies a couple of miles north-west of Newtown Linford. Its official opening was on 11 March, 2015. Booking is essential; please telephone 01530 248040 or email Stoneywell@nationaltrust.org.uk. The Stoneywell website is at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stoneywell/.


We welcome all visitors. Those wishing to join the Friends should download and complete the Membership Application Form.

Video of the Forest

An interesting 20 minute amateur video of Charnwood Forest has been produced by Patrick Leach, Bob Morgan and Martin Roy and is available here. Please note that FOCF is not responsible for the content of this video.


Here are our recent Newsletters