From river stewardship to wood recycling to organic vegetable growing, a list of the organisations profiled in our project.
The community of Abriachan bought this forest in the late 1990s and have developed the site into a productive forest with plenty of recreational and educational facilities. Through their story we learn about developing public access, promoting the forest as a destination, and increasing facilities and infrastructure through community land management.
Three friends in Liverpool are developing their campaign to transform a heaving flyover that is facing demolition into a green centrepiece of the city. Through their story we learn about how to communicate uncompromising vision and build unlikely partnerships to see through a remarkable idea for your community.
For over ten years, the community of Jericho have been fighting to protect and develop a canalside public square. Through their story, we learn how resistance campaigns can use the planning system and work with developers and local authorities to achieve their aims.
The remote community of Knoydart have owned and managed the Knoydart forest since the 1990s. Lorna tells us their story, covering the pros and cons of community ownership, and some clever ways to generate income as a community organisation.
Members of OrganicLea workers’ co-op are running a thriving food growing project- with elements of recreation, education and campaigning- on ex-council land. Brian talks us through the co-op’s relationship with the local council and how have they have developed their project, income and ideas.
Maintaining the river for riparian landowners whilst training volunteers and apprentices is how the River Stewardship Company realise their vision of more engaged communities and a healthier river. Helen Batt talks us through their focus on income generation and enterprise, how they scaled the project and their exciting business improvement district work in which 250 business are…
Saffron Acres is the site of 68 new social eco-homes and a community food growing project delivering jam and preserves across the country. Through their story, we learn the importance of business partnerships, the benefits Saffron Acres offers the City Council, and some innovative ways to create successful enterprises in deprived areas.
Tree Station are taking the surplus wood generated throughout Greater Manchester and making it work. Reducing carbon emissions and producing everything from the wood for John Lewis chopping boards to woodfuel, Patrick Morello talks us through their negotiations with council commissioning, the importance of local, ethical partnerships and the benefits of accreditation.
Improving the quality of the forest by providing social and health benefits to local people, Neroche Woodlander’s story demonstrates the benefits of not taking on ownership, and their vision for the future.
Working on Thames Water land at peppercorn rent, the Garden are improving the integrity of the water basin, increasing biodiversity and educating local people about waterways.
Spinning out from the local authority Woodlands Service, Chiltern Rangers now manage a portfolio of 14 woodlands as a social enterprise.
Leasing a site owned by the National Trust, the members of Broadclyst are growing crops, feeding local people and improving the land.