We recognised early on that we needed the woods to make an income, to create jobs and pay back our investor, Roger Ross.
To do this we decided to create a social enterprise, which applies commercial strategies to maximise community and environmental benefits.
We visited Hill Holt Wood in Lincolnshire, a successful woodland project that has created multiple jobs over the past 20 years.
We got help from the Plunkett Foundation’s ‘Making Local Woodlands Work’ programme, and it offered us critical support in deciding on a suitable legal framework for the project.
We decided to become a Community Benefit Society (CBS) because it is the most democratic option for a project like this. Anyone can become a member as long as they buy one £50 share. Each member gets one vote, so no one person can ever dominate the decision-making process.
In Spring 2018 we want to take on new members and we plan to hold elections to our management committee in summer 2018. If you’d like to know more, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your level of interest.