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Englandmarker's twelve community forests are afforestation based regeneration projects which were established in the early 1990s. Each of them is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the Countryside Agency, which are agencies of the British government, and the relevant local councils.

Most of the designated areas are close to large cities and contain large amounts of brownfield, underused and derelict land. When the forests were created the average forest cover in the designated areas was 6.9%, and the target is to increase this to 30% over about 30 years. As most of the land is in private ownership the schemes rely mainly on providing landowners with incentives to plant trees. However the forests contain areas of publicly accessible open land, and increasing public access is one of the objectives.

The table below lists the twelve forests. As some of them straddle county boundaries they are more conveniently listed by region and town or city.
Forest Region City Area Website
Forest of Avon South West Bristolmarker
Great North Forest North East Newcastlemarker [138728]
Great Western Forest South West Swindonmarker [138729]
Greenwood Forest East Midlands Nottinghammarker
Forest of Marston Valemarker East of England Bedfordmarker [138730]
Forest of Mercia West Midlands Birminghammarker
Mersey Forestmarker North West Liverpoolmarker [138731]
Red Rose Forestmarker North West Manchestermarker [138732]
South Yorkshire Forest Yorkshire and the Humber Sheffieldmarker [138733]
Tees Forest North East Middlesbroughmarker [138734]
Thames Chase Londonmarker and East of England Londonmarker [138735]
Watling Chase East of England Londonmarker [138736]

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