Providing opportunities for everyone to engage in the Forest as part of their everyday lives is central to improving the wellbeing of our residents and wider audiences. Having publicly accessible woodlands and encouraging people to use them can improve physical and mental wellbeing, reducing pressure on the NHS. At a time when issues such as physical inactivity, obesity, isolation and anxiety are increasing, the Forest can provide the backdrop for preventive healthcare.

Our long term aims

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of households within 15 minutes walk of a publicly accessible woodland
How we're engaging the Forest

Each year we create and maintain access through grants and advice, with strategic projects to connect up the access networks. Alongside this, our volunteering and promotional work encourages individuals, groups and organisations to engage with those forest sites through practical conservation tasks, social prescribing, leisure activities and training activities.

Grants and advice

What has been achieved so far

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of households are within 500m of a publicly accessible Forest site

How you can help

There are many ways to help us continue to grow the Forest and engage and support communities, from volunteering to making a donation. 

Become a volunteer

You can actively help grow and support the Forest on the ground by becoming a volunteer or joining a community group.

Make a donation

Help us continue to support volunteer groups and engage communities in the Forest through making a donation towards our work.