Illuminated Heritage

Reabrook Limited recently chose to sponsor The National Forest’s Timber Festival, as a further continuation of support for their projects over the years.  They also chose to sponsor the lightbox installations at the event, as they showcased the work of a project very close to their hearts, called the Black to Green Project.

Black to Green is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and enhance the industrial heritage and natural history within the Heart of the Forest. This is an area of roughly 10 square miles across North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire. The Heart of the Forest has seen the most significant increase in tree coverage over the last 25 years, with woodland cover increasing from 1% to 27%.  It is an exceptional story of rapid change from 19th-century deep coal and open cast mining, clay extraction and associated industrial activity, to a 21st-century sustainable landscape led by the creation of The National Forest.

Black to Green focuses upon telling this story of the extraordinary landscape change, celebrating the areas rich industrial past, whilst providing opportunities to learn about and appreciate the local wildlife. Through a 3-year programme of volunteering, training, events and interpretation, the project seeks to reconnect with this new landscape whilst conserving its past.  “Like many of the businesses here at the heart of The National Forest, we at Reabrook Ltd has seen a dramatic transformation in the local environment over the years and are thrilled to be able to support such a worthy project,” said Clare Hetherington, Marketing Manager for Reabrook Limited.  “We understand the importance of the work that The National Forest has completed in our local area, and we are extremely pleased to be able to support them.”  More information can be found on their websites: and