History of Community Forests

The Community Forest programme was established in 1990 by the then Countryside Commission as a pilot project to demonstrate the potential contribution of environmental improvement to economic and social regeneration.

The three initial pilots quickly grew to a national programme, which made use of broad-based partnerships to pioneer activity and deliver lasting change.

In today’s climate emergency, the Forests and their role in helping us mitigate and adapt to a changing world are more relevant than ever before.

Community Forest Case Studies

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Ravenshall School

Ravenshall School

White Rose Forest.
Trees for Climate, Year 4.
Planting edible hedgerows and trees at a special school in Dewsbury.

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Shaw Forest Park

Shaw Forest Park

Great Western Community Forest
Trees for Climate, Year 4.
Partnership working to increase community woodland at Shaw Forest Park in Swindon.

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Court Farm

Court Farm

Forest of Avon.
Trees for Climate, Year 4.
9.4ha site situated in Somerset, part of the Forest of Avon.

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Union Close

Union Close

City of Trees.
Trees for Climate, Year 4.
City of Trees worked with social housing provider, Onward Homes, to plant woodlands at three of their sites in Greater Manchester.

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Coxmoor Golf Club

Coxmoor Golf Club

Greenwood Community Forest.
Trees for Climate, Year 4.
Increasing woodland and healthy wood pasture habitat with volunteers.

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Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport

North East Community Forest.
Trees for Climate, Year 2.
More than 8,000 native trees and shrubs planted in partnership with Newcastle International Airport.

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Pavers Foundation Forest

Pavers Foundation Forest

White Rose Forest.
Trees for Climate, Year 2.
1170 native trees were planted and a wildflower meadow and wetland area created by local volunteers on this 1.2 hectare site near York.

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