Community Woodland network

The Friends of Common Wood in Buckinghamshire (Photo: M Roberts/WTML)

The Community Woodland network, in partnership with Nationwide, is here to support communities like yours in their mission to own, manage and reconnect with local woods.

Owning and managing a community wood is an exciting opportunity to meet like minded people, create homes for wildlife and benefit from the many resources our trees offer us such as a place to play and a supply of wood fuel.

How we can help you

We are offering free information and advice, as well as grant funding to community groups (currently limited to counties in the north of England), all in the name of creating a fantastic green space for the local area to enjoy.

The Community Woodland Network is the hub of the project. Here you will find useful information and guidance on how to successfully create and look after your community wood. You can also join the conversation with other like-minded communities, share your experiences and pick up useful tips.

Join the Community Woodland network

Our grants

If you are based in: Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, GTR Manchester, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teeside you could be eligible for one of our community woodland grants.

Start-up grant

Our start-up grant will support the initial costs of establishing new community groups working towards a long term community woodland project. This may include booking venues, purchasing equipment or printing leaflets and posters. You can apply for up to £1000, to help get your project off the ground.

Woodland Support fund

Our woodland support fund can help already established community groups deliver woodland projects related to owning and managing their woodland. You can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 and can be used to cover costs such as legal fees for ownership agreements, training as well as a contribution towards the purchase of land. Communities who are successful to the grant will not only receive financial support but will be giving a guiding hand from Woodland Trust staff.

Community Woodland is currently operating as a northern pilot. Applications are now closed