Published: 5th Jun 2013

The Woodlands Social Enterprise Network is a new body to promote and support communities involved in woodland management. Mike Perry assesses the opportunity for an entrepreneurial approach to reconnecting people with their local woods. People care passionately about woodlands and forests.  This was clearly demonstrated by the reaction to the government consultation on the future of the public forest estate. The government forestry and woodlands policy statement, published at the end of January, clearly identified the need to reconnect people and communities with their woodlands and woodland culture. It recognised that community involvement in woodland management, supported by social enterprise, is a key way to help achieve this goal. In December a group of individuals and organisations with an interest in community-ownership and management of assets, woodlands and forestry and social enterprise met with the objective of forming a new network of organisations committed to creating opportunities for communities and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)