Wooplaw Community Woodland Workshop, August 2007


It was a balmy August afternoon in Wooplaw Community Woodland, in the Scottish Borders. Ten people sat around a table and talked. They'd been brought together because they all have insights, and opinions, and experiences, to do with woodlands, and communities, and the combination of the two.

They talked about communities - how woods and communities are linked, and issues of community ownership. They talked about woodlands, starting with what woodlands provide for people. Other themes emerged - money, and the ins and outs of grant funding or of running businesses; the kinds of legal structures that community woodlands might (or might not) use to organise themselves; and living in the woods.