This months’ guest blog comes from Jackie Charlton, Chair of Llangattock Community Woodlands about why the group recently decided to become a charity.
Llangattock Community Woodland Group has moved on!! Not to new pastures or woodlands but they are now a Charity. It’s a big step for any group to make but this decision was based on taking the organisation to a new level.
Having been so successful it was becoming evident that strategic planning and a need to assess long term sustainability was necessary as with all community led groups. No doubt Llangattock Community Woodland Group would have continued and could have operated continuing to work with well thought out aims and the desire to make a difference to the environment along the way.
The Management Group, however, felt that a lasting legacy was also important. Becoming a Charity reinforces public benefit aims and provides funders and supporters with confidence that woodland management does deliver.
The Trustees will begin to meet regularly in January 2014, a new year and a new start. Funding is an ongoing issue but with an increase in equipment supported by funders Llangattock Community Woodlands have started to plan for more activity. This will increase sales of wood fuel and provide other product from the woodland management. This year there will be new projects to expand and a major project to develop, so lots to do and think about.
Finally, we received the good news in November that funding will continue from Brecon Beacons Trust and the Brecon Beacons Sustainable Development Fund to support the Woodland/Volunteer Manager contracted now until May 2015. His role is to provide the necessary support for managing the increasing woodland area and support for volunteers as well as help the Trustees to develop and manage new projects.
To find out more about Llangattock Community Woodlands or contact Jackie about their work to become a charity visit www.lcwg.btck.co.uk
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