Through Making Local Woods Work, Plunkett supported 50 groups at various stages of development, all of whom were looking to undertake new activity to provide a range of benefits for local people, bring woodlands into active management and generate trading income. They all received support to realise their vision for their woodlands creating opportunities for jobs, leisure, and education, and to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

What is a woodland social enterprise?

Social enterprises trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. And so when they profit, society profits.

The marriage of social enterprise with the woodland and forestry sectors brings together innovative ideas and diverse approaches, from new forms of active management, to generating income, employment and volunteering opportunities, and creating new, strong connections between communities and their local woods.