The Dorset AONB is leading on a number of initiatives that could help you and your community to get actively involved in woodland management; for wildlife, for landscape and for woodfuel.

Community Energy Peer to Peer Mentoring

Against the backdrop of increasing energy prices and declining biodiversity, Dorset have partnered with the National Association for AONBs, Wyre Forest Community Land Trust, Silverdale Woodbank and Prime Coppice to deliver a mentoring programme that will develop new community woodfuel activities. Locally, the project brings together interested people in West Dorset and East Devon to share ideas and best practice on community woodfuel and woodland management, with similar hubs coming together in the West Midlands and North West.

A series of workshops have been held in July and August 2014, where the main opportunities and barriers to community involvement in woodland management were identified.  Blogs from the events can be found at the National Association for AONBs website.  The Dorset blog can also be downloaded here

The groups will now look at developing the tools needed to overcome these barriers before coming together to trial them.  The partnership will then work on sharing their learning in a way that others can easily apply.

The Government are supporting the development of community energy projects to demonstrate how social action can help people reduce their energy bills.  The National Association for AONBs were one of 10 successful Community Energy Peer to Peer Mentoring Programme applications.

More information can be found on the Cabinet office website: SIB press release.

Project partners:

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset

Dorset AONB is leading in the Community Woodland element of this exciting project.  Dorset AONB are developing a network of community woodlands in and around Bridport and Dorchester, helping them to secure the resources they need to become self-sustaining.

The project is in the very early stages and will run until March 2016, when it is hoped that the groups will be established and sharing experiences through the network.

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset aims to help people in West Dorset to tackle climate change and live more sustainably.

The project will act as a catalyst for action, building on the great work already taking place in the local area and exploring some innovative approaches.  The CLS is what the Lottery describe as a ‘test and learn’ initiative in that they want to test a variety of  innovative and integrated approaches to tackling climate change based on different communities and locations – rural, coastal and urban. Overall the Big Lottery Fund wish to use the learning gained from this project to inform future community climate change action in England including influencing policy and practice in Government, communities and businesses.

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