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Bringing Woodlands to Life

Small Woods are the UK organisation for woodland owners, workers, supporters, and social foresters. We stand for living, sustainable woodlands alive with wildlife, people and work. Managed and used well, small woodlands are vital to thriving local economies, wildlife, and the health and wellbeing of local communities, as well as hugely valuable in the fight against climate change.

Small woodlands managed well can provide huge benefits:

  • Environmental
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Cultural

Thriving woodland communities

Discover local woodland projects, learn woodland skills, improve your health and wellbeing outdoors, and find support to manage your own small woodland, with Small Woods:

  • Woodland Training and Events
  • Advice and Information
  • Woodland Projects
  • Sustainable Woodland Management
  • Social Forestry
  • Small Woods Member scheme
  • Woodland Research

Find out What We Do

Looking after our small woodlands

Well over half the UK’s small woodlands are neglected, overlooked and under-valued. These woods are in danger of disappearing through development for new roads, for agriculture, absorbed within gardens, and for industrial use, if insufficiently valued and protected.

Small woodlands need our care and protection to realise their potential. In the fight against climate change, these small woodlands provide us with so much: they are rich habitats for wildlife, they slow storm water runoff preventing flooding, they filter and clean the air and they provide places for recreation and therapy. Small woodlands can also be hugely productive, growing many thousands of tonnes of timber every year. If we sustainably harvest a proportion of this growth, they can provide us with wood fuel and wood products, help keep the woodlands healthy, and also provide much needed employment.

Help us protect and care for our small woodlands now and for future generations. Find Advice and Information on sustainable woodland management.

Small Woods across the UK

Small Woods work across the UK, in England, Wales and Scotland.

England 

Small Woods runs projects, events, training and research focusing on woodland management and social forestry and provide support to Small Woods members. Our Small Woods headquarters are based at the Green Wood Centre in Coalbrookdale near Telford.

Wales

Coed Lleol / Small Woods focuses primarily on social forestry, nurturing health and wellbeing through woodland projects and research with local communities across Wales. Our main office in Wales is in Machynlleth in Mid Wales: www.coedlleol.org.uk

Scotland

Small Woods primarily provides woodland management support to Small Woods Members through tailored events.

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Warren Woods: Members Woodland Visit

  • The Woodland Skills Centre, Denbighshire 10am - 3:30pm
  • 16 Jul 2022 - 16 Jul 2022
The Warren Woods is a privately-owned 50 acre woodland in Denbighshire in north-east Wales situated in the heart of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. The land was bought in 3 adjoining lots about 40 years ago. Darllen rhagor...
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Sustainable Woodland Management OCN L3

  • The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR
  • 07 Jul 2022 - 09 Jul 2022
A course designed for new or aspiring woodland owners and managers who want to manage their woodlands to balance environmental, economic and social benefits. more...