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This site is managed by Plunkett Foundation, the national charity that helps communities to take control of their problems and overcome them together. We support people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community businesses that help them tackle issues ranging from social isolation and loneliness to poverty.

Plunkett Foundation is a registered charity, numbers CC 313743 (England and Wales) and SC 045932 (Scotland). It is a company limited by guarantee, registered number 00213235 (England and Wales).

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BE INSPIRED

Take a look at some of the amazing ways communities are engaging in their local woodlands and be inspired to try something similar in yours!

In 2014 the National Forest Company set in motion an initiative to manage the developing woodlands using volunteers to carry out woodland management. After 15 years of growth...

The GLUE collective is a group of makers, artists, community workers and horticulturalists; seeking to address current and emerging social, health and economic challenges in our local communities....

Leeds Coppice Workers is a workers co-op formed in 2012 dedicated to the responsible management of woodlands; primarily coppice restoration work. Working throughout the year, we provide the local community with a variety of traditional coppice products for gardens ...

The Wild Rumpus team works year round from one of the most amazing spaces - the Whirligig, a beautiful 4-acre woodland on the Rode Hall Estate...

GIB accreditation

Social Enterprise? Grown in Britain accreditation should be on your to-do list writes Adam Freeman, Project Manager at Pembroke 21C.

Visit to Exeter Biochar Retort and Axewoods Cooperative

For quite some time I have been fascinated by biochar – I thought it was some wonder material that could save our soils. Biochar is, in fact, a mixture of charcoal (carbon) and some form of biological material (nitrogen) for example compost or even donkey poo! ...

Be inspired: Adding value with non timber forest products

As the leaves on the trees change colour, the arrival of Autumn means it is time to gather berries, mushrooms and nuts. The woodlands have abundance and value beyond timber and Dyfi Woodlands is developing ways in which to add value to both the social and commercial activities ...

Garvagh - an unfolding story

Garvagh People’s Forest project is a five-year project funded by the Big Lottery Fund to grow Garvagh Forest as a shared space where connections, friendships, skills and ideas will be nurtured bringing worth to people, place and the environment. 

Join the Tree Revolution!

This November marks the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest which restored the rights of free tenants to access and use the Royal Forests. Matt Larsen-Daw, Project Lead for the Woodland Trust, describes the significance of the original charter ...

Big steps taken as the woods come alive again

Vert Woods Community Woodland (VWCW) has taken some recent big steps to realise the great potential of their project. With 171 acres of much neglected PAWS woodland, a long lease with the legal owner Roger Ross and formal ...

Life-changing chainsaw training

Chainsaw training is one of those that is very much needed, and always seems to remain on the ‘to do’ list. Well thankfully for me, the life changing opportunity arose to undertake proper accredited chainsaw and felling ...

Elwy Working Woods

Elwy Working Woods is a co-operative and social enterprise set up in 2010 with the support of the Wales Co-operative Centre to promote sustainable employment, managing local woodland resource, and producing and using good quality timber (softwoods and hardwoods) for construction and joinery.

Neroche Woodlands

Alan Dyer is a member of Axewoods Co-operative, a social enterprise working woodlands in East Devon to produce woodfuel, improve woodland craft skills and make strong connections to the local community through membership...

BEAMZ CIC

BEAMZ CIC is a social enterprise – a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) based in Southampton that uses locally grown coppice woodland poles to create high performance bicycles whilst achieving objectives of energy sustainability, wildlife ...

Vert Woods

Vert Woods Community Woodland is 171 acres set within a total of 850 acres of adjoining woodland. Located in East Sussex, England – just outside the village of Laugton – the woodland is owned and managed for community and wildlife benefit. With such a large area of continuous ...

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