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.


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.


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:


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

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Summer WoodsMeet

  • Online 11am - 12.30pm
  • 11 Aug 2022 - 11 Aug 2022
Come along to our Summer Woodsmeet! Network with other woodland owners, hear about what Small Woods is up to and find out how you can contribute. Read More...
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Spoon Carving

  • The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR
  • 13 Aug 2022 - 13 Aug 2022
Spoon carving is a great way to start carving and to learn about the properties of wood. Each spoon is completely unique and they make great presents! more...