Small Woods Association

Small Woods Association

Charity information

Small Woods Association

Small Woods is a UK wide charity, no 1081874, based in Shropshire, which promotes the sustainable management of small woodlands, and changes lives of disadvantaged people through structured programmes.

Founded 2000

  • Mission statement

    ‘Our vision is to see small woods in the UK valued for the benefits they bring to a sustainable society, and to help achieve their better management to make the most of those benefits. ’

    Small woodlands from one to 100 hectares make up half the UK’s woodland cover. They are easily overlooked, but together they provide interest for their owners, profit for small woodland businesses, places to walk and enjoy beauty in the landscape and homes for wildlife. They also provide places for employment and industry especially for those who are disadvantaged in society. Wood products help to reduce fossil fuel use and combat climate change.

    These small woods are under threat from development, from garden encroachment, and from neglect. Woodland workers are ageing, and few young people are joining the sector for a career. Many small ancient woodlands are neglected and unmanaged, becoming a declining habitat that is unproductive and poor (especially for ancient woodland flora species, which have declined by 34% in the last 20 years).

    Small Woods’ answers to these problems are to
    • Encourage the sustainable management of woodlands to support the rural economy, biodiversity and people
    • Teach sustainable woodland management, coppicing and making wood products
    • Develop markets for coppice goods through ‘National Beanpole Week’
    • Offer apprenticeships in coppicing and forestry
    • Train disadvantaged young people in woodland management to build confidence and self esteem

  • Aims

    Small Woods Association aims to:

    • Increase the sustainable management of small woodlands. Promote the wider use of local timber and wood products, including wood fuel. Guide the creation of new small woodlands.
  • Overview

    Established: January 2000

    Registered Charity Number: 1081874

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 15

    Volunteers: 40

    Phone number: 01952 435851

    Address: Green Wood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DR

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