Forest Villages

Kielder and Stonehaugh are two of the numerous purpose-built villages that were constructed for workers’ families in the 1950s by the Forestry Commission who built housing to accommodate those employed in the planting of Kielder Forest. It is the largest man-made woodland in England. Its 250 square miles (650 km2) are three-quarters covered by forest. As forestry work became more mechanised less people were employed and much of the housing is now privately owned.


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