We want to involve local people and expand our team so we could do more work and cover larger areas at the same time!
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.
Anyone can join our team and contribute to the environment on the large scale! We accept even inexperienced and rookie workers who do not know a lot about the environment preservation. It is more important to have a will to preserve it and ensure it becomes better than it is now.
How to start?
There are several ways ow you can start and join our team. Firstly, read our to find a scheme that broadly appeals to you!
Look for meetings
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.
Engage into discussions
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
Find local contacts
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 or 01865 407034 (Wed – Fri) for more help.
Examples of community involvement: