Here are a few of the organisations which can provide help and assistance with your community woodland group.
Community Land Advisory Service
CLAS is an impartial, collaborative service aiming to increase community access to land across the UK. CLAS offers both hands-on help and online information and resources to landowners and community organisations. CLAS helps communities and land managers gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues.
Community Woodlands Association
The Community Woodlands Association was established in 2003 by Scotland community woodland groups to help them achieve their aspirations and potential. If your community woodland is based in Scotland, we recommend getting in touch with the Community Woodlands Association directly as the opportunities will differ from the rest of the UK.
The Conservation Volunteers
The Conservation Volunteers offer short and long training courses covering a range of subjects related to working with green space. The Conservation Volunteers also administrate small grants on behalf of the independent charity, the Chestnut Fund, for start up and project support grants.
Cumbria Woodlands is a not-for-profit organisation launched in 1991 in response to widespread concern over the neglected state of the county’s woodlands. The work of Cumbria Woodlands today focuses on promoting appropriate woodland management. They provide advice, support and training to woodland owners, organisations and people in the forestry industry.
Greenwood Community Forest
Greenwood Community Forest was established to help communities create, improve and enjoy woodlands. The Greenwood team continues to support community activity in a number of ways, via events, small grants for tree planting and the support of a growing network of local groups. The main focus of their work is in the Nottinghamshire districts of Ashfield, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood.
Llais y Goedwig
Llais y Goediwg are the voice of community woodland in Wales. If your community woodland is based in Wales, we recommend getting in touch with Llais y Goedwig directly as the opportunities will differ from the rest of the UK.
The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands across Cheshire and Merseyside, helping to strengthen and engage communities. They offer funding and resources for communities within the Mersey Forest area, from providing funding for trees to helping set up a friends of group.
Northwoods exists to support the tree and timber businesses of North East England. They provide training, advice, information and support to all those working in the woods or with the products that come from them.
The Plunkett Foundation
The Plunkett Foundation helps communities to take control of their challenges and overcome them together. The ‘Making Local Woods Work’ programme, delivered with the Woodland Trust and supported by the Big Lottery, offers training in asset transfers, financing, asset acquisition, land brokerage, woodland management and business planning.
Red Rose Forest
The Red Rose Forest is working to transform a large part of Greater Manchester into a greener, healthier and more satisfying place to live, work and invest. They offer support to communities in the Red Rose Forest area including woodland management techniques and creating woodland management plans.
South Yorkshire Forest
South Yorkshire Forest Partnership grew out of the Community Forest’s initiative. It is an environmental regeneration partnership working on a range of projects from community tree planting, green infrastructure and urban sustainability.
Steel Valley Project
The Steel Valley Project is a countryside management project based in South Yorkshire helping people to understand, value and care for their local environment through habitat management, environmental education community groups.
Woodlands.co.uk offers resources for those setting up community woodland projects helping in various ways and also has the facility to search for woods on sale. You may also be interested in WoodlandsTV which has made a series of about 150 films on varied subjects from how to sharpen a chainsaw to working with volunteers.
Yorwoods is a not for profit initiative that provides support services to the forestry industry in the Yorkshire region. They run a series of projects focused on developing the forestry sector through capital investment, business support and training.