Making Local Woods Work is an exciting pilot project working to help support and grow woodland-based social enterprises across the UK. The project is led by the Plunkett Foundation and involves a range of fantastic partners.

Our aim is to work with 50 woodland social enterprises across the UK over the next three years. We’ll be providing them with a range of support tailored to their individual needs; all fifty will receive four days of specialist support, and there will be some additional support available for 30 of these, which is likely to take the form of a further 12 days of support per group.

We’ll also be arranging a series of training and networking events to help anyone interested in woodland social enterprise to achieve their ambitions.

We're currently working with forty-two groups at various stages of development, all of whom are looking to undertake new activity that will help to provide a range of benefits for local people, bring woodlands into active management and generate trading income. They're all receiving support to realise their vision for their woodlands creating opportunities for jobs, leisure, and education, and to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Who are we working with? 

We're currently working with 43 woodland social enterprise groups across the whole of the UK. 

England:

Northern Ireland:

Scotland:

Wales:

How you can get involved

We've just started delivery of the project, but over the next three years we'll be sharing resources, information and events that anyone with an interest in or involved with woodland social enterprise can attend. We'll be keeping people up to date with information via our newsletter, which you can sign up to by clicking here.  

You can also like us on Facebook to join the community and keep up to date with the project - www.facebook.com/makinglocalwoodswork/

If you'd like more information you can call us on +44 (0)1993 810730 or email us at woodlands@plunkett.co.uk

Our partners

Making Local Woods Work is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is made up of the following partners.