We want to involve local people

The Community Woodfuel Programme encourages local communities and landowners to come forward with sustainable initiatives that help to increase the demand and supply of woodfuel.  There are opportunities for communities to:

  • Become involved in the management of local woodlands
  • Organise community woodfuel purchase, storage, drying and/or distribution
  • Install woodfuel stoves and boilers
  • Plant new community woodlands

How to start

  • Read our Case Studies section to find a scheme that broadly appeals to you
  • Use your parish council meetings, parish magazine, village website, etc to start a discussion. These schemes are relevant to the Localism Act 2011. the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, and Neighbourhood Planning.
  • Call  a community meeting with a speaker (we can provide) to learn more, hear case studies, discuss and gauge local support. When you have a group, give it a name and a constitution (which costs nothing and gives access to grants; we can provide examples). Attend our training events to see models in action
  • As a group, use your local contacts to find and secure suitable sites of existing community woodland, talk to potential private partners, find potential sites for woodland creation. Think big and join up with neighbouring parishes, or start with just a few trees here and there, it is all valuable. Decide on the level of commitment that suits your group at present. You can always scale up or down. Set up a formal agreement to manage the woodland or lease the land

    Discussing plans for a new community woodland in Southern Oxfordshire

  • Ask us for support to write a management plan with sustainable management and increasing biodiversity at its heart. Read our Resources and Grants Sections
  • Agree on particular day/days of the autumn/winter months to run tasks, timing and length of tasks, and, most importantly, remember the hot drinks and cakes! Having regular tasks at regular times is socially inclusive and cuts down on organisational time. Then, get started!
  • Contact Cynth Napper at cynth@oncf.org.uk or 01865 407034 (Wed – Fri) for more help.

Examples of community involvement:

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