What We Do

England’s Community Forests bring trees and people together to create healthy, inspiring and resilient places for communities and nature to live side by side.

We focus our work in and around our towns and cities where most people live, work and travel and where the need is greatest. We connect urban populations with the wider landscape, to improve wellbeing, help tackle climate change and create places for nature.

Our Community Forests are not a single woodland, but a growing number of distinct trees, woods and forests across each area, linking to existing woodlands, weaving through our urban areas and wrapping around our communities.

We connect urban populations with the wider landscape, to improve wellbeing, help tackle climate change and create places for nature.

Our Community Forest Plans enable people to shape their environment through involvement in designing, creating and managing the rich mix of habitats that make up our Forests.

Planting a tree or a woodland is a sign of hope and confidence for the future. The trees we have planted over the past 30 years are already transforming landscapes and lives. Our plans for millions more trees across the Community Forests will be cherished by our communities and by generations to come.

Community Forests

Community Forests are Places that are being transformed by Partnerships. Communities, individuals and organisations working together to deliver ambitious goals over generations.

At the heart of each local Partnership, a Forest Team works to coordinate delivery of our Plans and strengthen our Partnerships. Forest Teams may be employed by a charity or local authority.

We work together across England to influence policy, share learning and to deliver priority programmes.

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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