Community Woodlands and Volunteering

The National Forest Company can support the development of community woodlands across the National Forest, enabling more people to access natural spaces.

Do you currently manage woodland? Do you need help or training with the activities that you complete?

The National Forest Company supports the Community Woods Network to create and develop sustainable volunteer groups to manage woodlands within their care. We can also signpost you to existing groups in the area if you would like to spend time volunteering in a woodland.

Use the form below to contact us and we will be in touch to see how we can best support your needs.

Would your community like access to more woodlands?

Through our National Lottery Heritage Funded project ‘National Forest Community Woodlands’, support is available through the project to enable communities to create a woodland within their local area that can be used to support volunteering activity for local people. These woodlands could be used for a variety of activities, including exercise, wellbeing activities or wood fuel activities.

We can support communities to identify how a community woodland might be used and may be able to offer the support of a  a consultant to design an appropriate space for planting or woodland management to take place. The creation of these woodlands could then be supported by other grant opportunities available from the National Forest Company.

The project will run for two years from October 2022, with the aim to create at least 10 new woodlands in the National Forest during this time.

If you would like more information about creating a Community Woodland in your area, please complete the form below.

Register your interest

If you’re part of a group or you are passionate about starting your own group to care for woodlands in the National Forest, we want to hear from you.

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