Rosliston Forestry Centre


The Forestry Centre

Rosliston Forestry Centre ExteriorRosliston Forestry Centre lies at the heart of The National Forest, a woodland haven offering outdoor activities, family fun and all-year round events.

This South 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.

But there’s more. Our six, secluded Forest Lodges each provide luxury holiday accommodation and are fully wheelchair accessible for holidays for people with disabilities. We are also renowned as a romantic location for outdoor weddings in The Glade, a leafy setting in the woods with a hand-carved wooden gazebo for both wedding ceremonies and marquee receptions.

Our 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 is a living forest just waiting to be explored.

The Environmental Education Project

Outreach at RoslistonThe award-winning Environmental Education Project based on site organises family friendly activities as part of our ‘Wildlife Watch’ programme, as well as school and group visits.

Whether outdoor activities or indoor activities, we offer a very warm family welcome. Visit the bird hide or have fun on the outdoor adventure play equipment. In season, pick fruit from the Forest including sloes, elderberries and blackberries as well as the occasional hazel nut (if you can beat the squirrels to them!)

Our site is also famous for its access to “Conker Alley” and there are lots of conkers to be collected along the boundary footpath, in early Autumn.

If you want to pick crab apples, other apples or sweet chestnuts please check with us first as we do use them for some education activities and need to see them on the trees until mid-end October!

For more information ring the Education Team on 01283 535039 or visit our Education section.

Rosliston Forestry Centre is a partnership between The Forestry Commission, The National Forest Company and South Derbyshire District Council and is managed by Aurora Country Developments Ltd

The Partners

Rosliston Forestry Centre is a partnership between South Derbyshire District Council, The Forestry Commission and is managed by Aurora Country Developments Limited.

South Derbyshire DC crest logo


Forestry Commission Logo

Aurora Country Developments logo


South Derbyshire District Council
Making South Derbyshire a better place to live, work and visit.

The Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of the woods and forests of England and Scotland.


Community Projects

Rosliston Forestry Centre Community Group works with the Parish Council, local residents and local businesses like Toyota UK and Rolls-Royce plc to create new resources for the Forestry Centre which benefit the local community and makes sure we remain a ‘good neighbour’.

Here is one example:

Conker Alley Community Project