Engaging the community in the management of one or more woodlands, harvesting and extracting coppice to provide materials a variety of products including craft items and woodfuel.
The Share Wood project involves the community in the practical management of their local woodland. People are learning more about their local wood, practicing newly learnt skills, helping to restore coppices and improve the woods for wildlife, harvesting firewood for themselves and their community and enjoying social, health and wellbeing benefits.
There are now two community woodland groups:
The Community Woodland members of both groups can continue to manage their woodland well into the future. We aim to:
Update March 2019:.....
The long-established working relationship between people and nature is essential to the long-term sustainability of the tranquil, Rusland Horizons scheme area, but woodlands in the area are undermanaged. This means that their character is changing, resulting in even-aged stands of trees that will all reach maturity at the same time making the woodland vulnerable in future when the trees age and begin to die. Habitat structure is also declining, leading to loss of species. Sudden losses can occur through strong winds or disease, threatening the future viability of the woodland. Local communities too, are under threat - there is a growing disconnect between people and the natural environment, farming and the landscape they live in. This is accompanied by an increased number of second home owners who are often away from the area, and of people living sedentary lifestyles.
We are working with local people to set up and coordinate community groups to assist with woodland management in the area. By providing access to information, equipment, expertise and sites we hope to increase the number of woodlands managed by communities. The community will develop a better understanding of how land management decisions are made whilst improving their wildlife monitoring skills and awareness of biodiversity. Increasing understanding around woodfuel practises will hopefully lead to a local sustainable source of firewood.
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