The National School of Forestry is the largest provider of undergraduate forestry and woodland courses in England and Wales.
We have over 50 years of educating and training professional foresters and achieve high levels of student satisfaction on our courses and high levels of employability.
The National School of Forestry
The University of Cumbria is home to the National School of Forestry and has a strong reputation for producing award-winning, professional graduates who now occupy some of the most senior positions in the forestry and woodland sector. All of our forestry courses are designed to provide you with the skills to enable you to contribute to the future sustainable management of our forests.
The National School of Forestry was established by an Act of Parliament in 1965 to provide professional forestry training in response to the closure of the Forestry Commission’s own chain of Forestry Schools scattered throughout the country. For over 40 years, the School was based at Newton Rigg near Penrith, until the historic move to its new site at Ambleside in 2014. The School is now part of the University of Cumbria and retains its distinctive identity whilst being able to draw on a wider range of expertise and skills within this larger organisation.
The National School of Forestry enjoys an enviable position at the heart of the sector through partnerships, student placements, joint working, research, consultancy, continuing professional development (CPD) and involvement with professional bodies.
90.5% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).