Spinning out from the local authority Woodlands Service, Chiltern Rangers now manage a portfolio of 14 woodlands as a social enterprise.
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.
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.
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.