Projects & Activities

We deliver a wide range of projects and activities to support our  aims:

  • We champion sustainable woodland management
  • We teach practical woodland skills
  • We promote the benefits and produce of small woodlands
  • we help people connect with their local woodland

Follow the links below to find out more about our work.

National Coppice Development Project A project to re-energise and grow the coppice sector in the UK. We aim to extend the area of managed coppice rotations, increase the flow of new entrants to the sector, raise awareness of the need to buy local coppice products to help keep woods in good health.

Membership support and advice Our 2000 members look to us for support in managing their woodlands, which we provide through our quarterly magazine Smallwoods, through members’ visits, events and training sessions. We encourage local networking and we are always looking for people to supplement the work of our regional organisers in the East of England and the South East.

Heartwoods are a West Midlands regional initiative managed by Small Woods. They are working hard to help develop the woodfuel supply chain in the West Midlands and have links with every aspect of the wood fuel industry. Heartwoods has four principal support mechanisms including-  Training, Subsidised Advice, Signposting/grant Facilitation and Events

SIMWOOD The ever-increasing demand for wood for material and energy applications is becoming more and more difficult to meet. In response, the EU project SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood) was launched with the aim of promoting a more efficient use of the available supply of wood and bolster Europe’s forestry and wood industry. Small Woods will be working with the other UK partners (Forest Research and RDI) to research, develop and run pilot workshops and events in NE England/Yorkshire and Lochaber with the aim of developing new approaches to facilitating woodland management and timber mobilisation.


Coed Lleol Coed Lleol and the Actif Woods Wales project are the Welsh branch of the Small Woods Association. Coed Lleol runs programmes in Aberystwyth, Treherbert, Wrexham, Neath Port Talbort and Anglesey to explore how woodlands can be made more accessible for people with chronic physical and or mental health conditions.

Green Wood Centre

Coppice and Green Wood Trades apprenticeships  The apprenticeship programme is a three-year diploma which includes chainsaw training, learning a wide range of crafts, health and safety, working within an established coppice business and developing a new business. Apprentices are sponsored by coppice businesses with supplementary financial support in the form of a bursary.

Volunteers Small woods offers two volunteering opportunities in Telford currently on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

Build a Bench Project

Our Build a Bench Project is part of Building Better Opportunities Shopshire, a fund which supports projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.