Rosliston Forestry Centre
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Rosliston Forestry Centre is a woodland haven, situated at the village of Rosliston, offering outdoor activities, holiday accommodation, family fun and all-year round events. The centre ís mix of woodland and meadow, ponds and play areas offer the perfect playground for visitors of all ages, all year round.
The Derbyshire attraction is home to kestrels, owls and kingfishers as well as bats and butterflies in summer, while Rosliston's mix of woodland, fishing lake, walks, cycle routes - plus cycle hire- and play areas is tailor-made for a great family day out.
A partnership between The Forestry Commission, The National Forest Company and South Derbyshire District Council, the centre's story began with the planting of 120,000 trees between 1993 and 1997, creating a young woodland intertwined with the more mature trees in the hedgerows and Fox Covert.
Rosliston Forestry Centre was the first visitor centre in The National Forest, created on 90 ha of former farmland in the Mease Lowlands. The centre provides a good range of facilities and events programme. Three waymarked trails, including an all-abilities track, take the visitor around the site to view new woodland, an existing wood, flight ponds and meadows. The centre's classroom is well used by schools. Group visits can be arranged through the education officer. Craft workshops include a ceramics studio, a natural medicine centre, wood carver and dog grooming service. A bird hide offers the chance to watch the wide variety of native birds which visit and breed on the site, including some of the UK's declining species, such as linnets and skylarks.