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CS 01: Responding to opportunities – Blaen Bran Community Woodland

This case study sets out the story of a small woodland in Upper Cwmbran in the County borough of Torfaen that was This case study sets out the story of a small woodland in Upper Cwmbran in the County borough of Torfaen that was an early leasehold acquisition by the Forestry Commission in the 1930’s. Subsequent history saw the leasehold pass through private hands before an embryonic community group in the form of a Trust had the opportunity to take over the lease and bid for grant funding. In the process the community group evolved from a Trust to a Company limited by guarantee and has gone on to also become a registered Charity.

CS 14: Our 13-year learning journey – Prestatyn Community Woodland Group

This case study tells the story of a long standing community woodland group. They were actively involved in supporting the environmental management of a combination of sites in the heart of Prestatyn, North Wales. This case study describes the group and our aims, how they were formed and what they hoped to achieve in the future. It also provides advice and tips for those setting up a community woodland group.

CS 12: From spoil tip to fruit orchards: how a community woodland group has reclaimed Sirhowy Valley Woodlands – Sirhowy community woodland

This case study shares the journey of a newly formed community woodland group; Sirhowy Valley woodlands near Tredegar. The woodland area is a reclaimed spoil and refuse tip which was used as a depository for the steel industry and household waste until the 1970s, after which it was reforested. It’s now designated as a Local Nature Reserve.

CS 09: A healthy relationship – Abergavenny Community Woodland Group and Arcadia Wood

This case study documents the overlap of two stories, that of Abergavenny Community Woodland Group (ACWG) and that of a privately owned wood, Arcadia Wood, looking at the evolving relationship between them. The study examines how a community group operates in a private woodland, at related challenges and occasional solutions, and how shared values and interests have led to a useful partnership.

CS 07: Transforming a woodland used by the community into a community woodland – Coed y Bont community woodlands

This case study concerns a community woodland project in the County of Ceredigion in West Wales, near a village called Pontrhydfendigaid. The woodland is part of the Welsh Government’s woodland estate and is managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
The study describes how the project started and how the community has become involved and what it has achieved.

CS 06: Towards sustainability: A Woodland Social Enterprise – Blaen Bran Community Woodlands

This case study outlines the experience of one community woodland group in considering social enterprise as a means of maximising grant income available, being more sustainable, and being able to take forward everyday maintenance in a woodland. It describes the journey taken and the issues faced that may be helpful for other groups considering similar issues.




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