UNITED KINGDOM


POWER TO THE PEOPLE: COMMUNITY FOREST OWNERSHIP

CASE STUDIES

UK FORESTRY COMMISSION

A community on the Isle of Mull has taken over a plantation previously run by the Scottish Forestry Commission. A charitable company set up by local people has turned the forest into a valuable resource for the community, and is using the proceeds from commercial timber harvesting to fund a range of sustainable development opportunities.

As a direct result of community ownership, a local school teacher has trained to be a “Forest School” leader and two local primary schools take part in weekly Forest School sessions. The company has created a dedicated teaching and campfire area with shelter and storage facilities, and an outdoor venue is also planned, providing a space for education and entertainment. 

Promoting the cultural heritage of the forest and linking with the schools has increased the local community’s ownership of the project. Read more


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Learning from the real world

Responsible plantation management has brought real benefits to people and nature. These case studies demonstrate how.

Disclaimer: While the NGP platform acknowledges the progress on plantation management presented in the case studies, it recognizes that not all aspects of NGP are necessarily used in the examples. For an overview of the participants' plantations management practices you can read more here.