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

  • Spring Flowers in Maulden Wood - Walk

    Explore Maulden Wood in Spring when it’s looking its best with stunning displays of wild flowers - especially bluebells. Learn about the woodland’s wildlife, history and management on this guided walk with proceeds supporting the conservation work of the Trust. Read more

  • Greensand Trust Talk: Wild Orchids

    Of the 50+ species of orchids found in Great Britain, 27 have been recorded in Bedfordshire - some are vanishingly rare, only growing in a few square metres of turf or woodland. This talk by Greensand Trust volunteer Graham Bellamy looks at why orchids grow where they do, what are their key habitats and areas of conservation concern. Read more

  • Nest Explorers

    Learn about animal nests and join us on a woodland walk to spot them. Find out about the dormouse, an endangered and much-loved mammal species, and help improve our giant dormouse nest. Build some dormouse boxes for us to put in the woods here at the Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, to help these lovely creatures survive. Read more