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.

Over the next three years we'll be working with up to 50 woodland social enterprises, 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 50 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.

Click here to visit our Making Local Woods Work website and keep up to date with our latest programme information!

Who are we working with? 

We're currently working with 50 woodland social enterprise groups across the whole of the UK. 

How you can get involved

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, all of which will be shared via our website at www.makinglocalwoodswork.org.

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/

You could also join the Woodland Social Enterprise Network which is a closed Facebook group for those interested and involved in social enterprise - www.facebook.com/groups/woodlandsocialenterprisenetwork

If you'd like more information you can call us on +44 (0)1993 810730 or email us at [email protected]

Lights, Camera, Action for MLWW!

Following the successful premiere of two of our short films at the conference in earlier this month we are delighted to share our first film more widely. This showcases the work of Elwy Working Woods in North Wales and their work managing local woodlands, creating timber for sale, adding value through processing and providing workshop facilities to local professionals. 

We would like to thank Stewart Boyle of One Planet Media for producing the films and, in particular, for the wonderful aerial footage which shows the landscape at it's best:

Our partners

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