Back in December, we had the pleasure of joining Leeds Coppice Workers Cooperative along with a number of groups for a day of networking and information sharing.
Katie Rees, representing KindleWoods, took part in the day and has sent over her notes from a wonderful day in the Leeds woodland site:
“A welcoming fire and hot cup of tea greeted us upon arrival at Hetchell Woods, a beautiful mixed coppice woodland worked by Leeds Coppice Workers.
The day brought together a number of inspiring initiatives with a diverse set of experiences, including coppice workers, forest school leaders and ecotherapy projects, in addition to the expertise from the Making Local Woods Work team. It was a great opportunity to meet new faces and learn about the detail of their projects and experiences, whilst catching up with friends and finding out how their projects have progressed.
Discussions ranged from business models and community structures, woodland management, making and selling products, to wellbeing and ecotherapy, finishing off with an inspiring tour of the woods by James Benson of Leeds Coppice Co-op. It was brilliant news to hear a few weeks later that KindleWoods has been accepted onto the Making Local Woods Work programme.
We are passionate about sustainable woodland management and wellbeing and look forward to the fantastic opportunity this collaboration of support provides.”