Our local community woodland
Forest for Our Children was our first Community-owned WildSpace project. It has been the inspiration behind our other 59 WildSpace sites around the UK and our environmental education programmes for schools.
Based near our headquarters in Lawshall, Forest for Our Children is 9 hectares of land made up of 2 woods. Crooked Wood was planted in 1993 and Golden Wood between 1994 and 2010.
A project run by the community, for the community
Forest for Our Children is used by schools and the local community as an educational and recreational area. We're continually working with the local community to increase biodiversity in the area and build new habitats for wildlife.
Local people have been involved with Forest for Our Children at every stage:
- Crooked Wood was planted on land partly donated by a local landowner.
- The community helped to raise money to acquire the rest of the land through events like woodland barbecues and parish walks.
- A village steering group regularly meet to manage the project.
- Every month volunteers meet to maintain the woodland - their tasks include planting new trees, coppicing timber, and selling the harvest for firewood and crafts.
To find out about current woodland work parties and become involved, please contact the Steering Group Chair, Chris on 01284 828663 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The local school help regularly by taking part in the From Seed to Tree programme that we created together.
- Using the From Seed to Tree programme is helping many other schools achieve their 'Eco School' status.
A lasting international bond
Nigel Hughes and Ric Edelmann, Co-founders of the Green Light Trust, were inspired to create Forest for Our Children following their expeditions to Papua New Guinea. This international link has remained strong, with a visit to the UK from five PNG Villagers in 2010 to teach us how to build a traditional hauswin (wind house) in Golden Wood.