From Judith Webb, Chair
Forum members will know that we have been through a period of change, particularly in relation to the support available to the Forum and delivery of the Framework. Reduced resources mean that we do not have the level of funding and therefore time allocation that we have had in the past.
Through this website we are aiming to provide some continuity and continuation of the skills and networks we have built up in the West Midlands over recent years. The membership has been extremely committed and enthusiastic about the Forum and delivery of the Framework visions set out in our Manifesto.
At the heart of our work is the manifesto for Trees Woods and Forestry in the West Midlands which was endorsed by you all and is still relevant as we move forward in these challenging times.
We will continue to rely on and value the input of all our partners to carry on the work of the Forum and the role of the Task Groups is seen as a vital component of this. We are placing a great deal of emphasis on communication – promoting the Manifesto and allowing you to disseminate relevant information to partners and potential funders.
Chair, West Midlands Woodland & Forestry Forum
With the refresh and update of the Forestry Framework completed, we took a hard look at what was needed in the years ahead to maximize the benefits provided by trees woods and forestry. The result, this Manifesto, was launched at the June 2010 Woodland & Forestry Forum.
Social Forestry Good Practice Guide 2010
This document has been written from the collected experience of the West Midlands Woodland & Forestry Forum’s Social Forestry Task Group. The sector has the potential to be a significant contributor to the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the region, with particular relevance for disadvantaged groups. The work of the group has shown that more support and help is needed for wood based community projects, and those who work with groups of disadvantaged people.
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