The Working Woodlands Centre The Working Woodlands Centre was created to help bring under-managed and under-utilised woodlands back into positive management. It provides: Start-up workshop facilities to support new and developing woodland-related businesses Training facilities for those owning, managing or working in woodlands Educational facilities for school, college and adult and children's education groups An office and volunteer base for The Greensand Trust We hope this approach will help stimulate the rural economy associated with woodlands and wood products, creating and sustaining local jobs, enhancing biodiversity and leading to positive woodland management and carbon reduction. Why woodlands need managing For centuries woodlands played a crucial role in everyday life with traditional woodland management systems such as coppicing providing timber for building, fencing and fuel. The rotational cutting of coppice plots led to a continuous patchwork of re-growth, beneficial to a wide variety of wildlife. From the mid-19th century onwards, increased industrialisation and the availability of cheap alternative products led to a steep decline in woodland management, which in turn threatened species associated with managed woodlands. Supporting and increasing woodland management is therefore vital to secure the future of our woodlands, particularly ancient woodlands which have been managed in this way for centuries. The long-term plan When resources can be identified we will look to begin the second phase of the Working Woodlands Centre project which will focus on improving the visitor experience to Maulden Wood. This will include: Woodshop providing a retail outlet for local wood products Interpretation to raise awareness of woodlands, their wildlife, history and management Cafe with indoor seating Location The Working Woodlands Centre is located in Deadman's Hill lay-by, adjacent to the A6 between Haynes West End and Clophill on the Luton to Bedford stretch. The workshops are a short distance away within Maulden Wood.