Who We are

Our Vision & Values

The Resilient Woodlands Initiative is based in the beautiful Forest of Dean, close to the wye valley and severn estuary amongst stunning woodlands that have been managed by people for the past 8,500 years since the Mesolithic age. 

Our Vision is to demonstrate how traditional sustainable woodland management creates a ecologically vibrant and beautiful woodland landscape that can be enjoyed by all.  We are at a stage where the traditional skills of the woodsman (woods manus = hand of the woods) is needed more than ever to prevent the huge loss of biodiversity. 

We can only create something of beauty that everyone can value and protect, if at the same time we ensure the work of those managing the woods has a value and they can earn a decent living. 

We hope to demonstrate how this can be achieved at Resilient Woodlands, investing our time, skills and energy in a place that provides an income as well as being somewhere that can restore, recharge and rejuvenate anyone just be being there,  surrounded by nature. 

We aim to provide a place to escape that allows people to experience the sounds, smells and earthy pleasures of the woodsman, with walks, courses and events throughout the woods. At the same time providing a haven for wildlife that offers a beautiful setting for bird/wildlife watching, painting, writing, cycling or just allowing you time out from busy lives to be at one with nature.  

Core Values

  • Protecting & enhancing the local environment
  • Increasing biodiversity and the woodlands resilience to climate change
  • Providing skilled jobs for people in traditional woodland crafts
  • Creating beautiful space for holiday visitors to the woodlands to enjoy
  • Blending traditional skills with modern comforts to provide access to woodlands for all
  • Enhancing our local community
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