Who We Are, What We Do
The Community Woodlands Association was established in 2003 as the direct representative body of Scotland’s community woodland groups. We help community woodland groups across the country achieve their aspirations and potential, providing advice, assistance and information, facilitating networking and training, and representing and promoting community woodlands to the wider world..
From small beginnings in the late 1980’s, there are now over 200 groups across Scotland, involved in or responsible for the management of thousands of hectares of woodland and open space. About half of these own or lease their woodlands, the remainder are working under a range of formal and informal partnership arrangements.
CWA was set up by its members to:
• Promote the benefits of community woodlands and represent the interests of community woodland groups within the political arena and to the wider world and
• Support established and new community woodland groups in achieving their aspirations and full potential.
CWA networks the community woodland movement through conferences, seminars, newsletters, and other information provision.
We also provide training and in-depth support across a range of themes, including:
• Forest / land management
• Developing social enterprise
• Supporting community engagement
• Arts, culture and heritage
• Woodfuel supply.