About the Project
The West Surrey Woodlands project aims to bring local authority and privately owned woodlands in the west Surrey area back into management, producing a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits. The project will initially cover a cross-boundary demonstration area in the north of Waverley and south of Guildford.
Project activities will help bring woodlands back into management, initially targeting the demonstration area but providing a strategic plan and prioritization of other council woodlands. We hope to include neighbouring woodland owners to widen the scale of management opportunities and benefits.
Improving levels of biodiversity as well as social and economic benefits will be priority indicators for the project. In addition, the establishment of wood product supply chains and development of a wood enterprise centre will contribute to the long term financial sustainability of woodlands in the area.
Who is involved?
Community engagement will be a core project theme at various levels from educating people about the benefits of woodland management and responsible use of woodlands through to volunteer opportunities for participating in management activities and woodland product creation.
Opportunities for education of school children and supporting wood related training and enterprise will be established, along with promoting employment opportunities in the sector.
The project partners are as follows:
Waverley Borough Council
Guildford Borough Council
Surrey Hills Enterprises Community Interest Company www.surreyhills.org/enterprises
The project is also supported by the Forestry Commission.
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Please contact us for further information using the form below or telephone Jude Hassall on 07775 854383.