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.

Our Next Event

Our next event is a Talk by Dave Robinson: "Charnwood Forest and its Visitors, 1500 - 1900" on Monday 16 September.

Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, 50 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8RZ at 19:30. Members free; guests £3 payable on the door.


We welcome all visitors to indoor events: most outdoor events are limited to members. Those wishing to join the Friends should download and complete the Membership Application Form.

We will use your email address to distribute information to members about our activities during the year. We use "Mailchimp" to distribute information to members; this means that your mail address will be held by "Mailchimp" in a database. To ensure Friends of Charnwood Forest emails reach your inbox, you may need to add mem@focf.org.uk (Friends of Charnwood Forest) to your Contacts or Safe Senders list on your system. If your membership details have changed, especially your email address, please contact Felicity Manning, our Membership Secretary.

Projects and Sponsorship

Since its inception, Friends of Charnwood Forest has been involved in several projects to enhance the local environment, involving the expenditure of several thousand pounds. More details can be found here.

Events and Programmes for 2019/20

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/.

Charnwood Forest Regional Park

Charnwood Forest Regional Park has been confirmed by the relevant local authorities. More details can be found here. Here is a map showing the park boundary (may take some time to load).

More information on the Regional Park, including recent initiatives seeking HLF funding, are available here.

We are members of the Regional Park Stakeholder Group.

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.


Between 2001 and 2018 we produced a regular Newsletter (see below). In 2018 we decided to discontinue producing the Newsletter.