Working Woodlands

The Working Woodlands project aims to protect, enhance and promote the woodlands of the Greensand Ridge for their biodiversity, heritage and recreational value, their role in the landscape, as providers of ecosystem services, and as part of the rural economy.

Main objectives of the project are to:

  • better understand our local woodlands, their importance, the challenges they face and possible solutions
  • raise awareness of the importance of our local woodlands and their management and encourage people to visit and enjoy them responsibly
  • promote the beneficial and sustainable management of our local woodlands
  • continue to develop the Working Woodlands Centre as a base for training, education and visiting Maulden Wood, and as a focus for woodland initiatives on the Greensand Ridge

Things to see and do

  • Nature Discovery Area

    The Nature Discovery Area at The Working Woodlands Centre is open for children to discover the natural world around them. Read more

  • Our Key Stage programmes

    We offer a range of Key Stage programmes aimed at engaging young people with their environment. Read more

  • Why we need volunteers

    Join our team of volunteers and help us to improve the environment for the benefit of all. Read more

  • Working Woodlands Centre

    The Working Woodlands Centre is the head office of The Greensand Trust located at the entrance to Maulden Woods and offers a Training and Education room and a smaller meeting room for hire - ideal for off-site meetings. We've plenty parking and can organise catering too! Read more

  • Pond dipping in Maulden Wood

    Volunteers have installed a pond dipping platform in Maulden Woods, which gives us access to study a different habitat. Read more

Events at the Working Woodlands Centre

  • Magical Autumn lantern walk

    Experience the magic of the autumn woodland and learn about its night time creatures through wonderful stories told by Jane Lambourne, local professional storyteller. Decorate a beautiful natural lantern and use it to meander through Maulden Wood at dusk and light up a whole new world before returning for refreshments. Read more

  • Story Telling Training Day

    A one day course designed for environmental educators, teachers and parents and suitable for anyone working with children in an outdoor setting. Join professional story teller Jane Lambourne to develop your confidence in using stories plus an opportunity to take the first step to telling a tale yourself! Read more

  • Woodland Walk Full of Stories

    Magical family event! Join a guided walk with professional local story teller Jane Lambourne to the secret story glade, a one off chance to access hidden areas of beautiful Maulden Wood. Follow clues to find the storyteller and hear tales of characters in the woods. Read more