Well-managed woodlands can provide fuel, food, respite, recreation and climate mitigation. Managing woodlands for the common good can be complex, but we have lots of resources that can help.

Our approach to woodlands

It's well recognised that planting more trees is one way of helping us adapt to the changing climate. There's huge scope for a revival of woodland culture in the UK, but currently less than 60% of our woodlands are actively managed. Many community groups, co-ops and social enterprises are either managing woodlands or would like to, and at Shared Assets we have a wealth of experience of the opportunities and challenges involved in stewarding woodlands for the common good. As founder members of the Woodland Social Enterprise Network, we were also partners in the nationwide Making Local Woods Work programme. We've supported many woodland groups with their business models and governance development and carried out substantial research into community and social enterprise woodland management.


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