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

  • Greensand Trust Talk: Walks Around Ampthill Park

    Our series of informative Greensand Trust Talks begins this year with Walks around Ampthill Park by Kelvin Horton. Discover three walks around this nationally important historic site and find out about the new species of bats recently found in the park. Read more

  • Introduction to small woodland management

    Introduction to the management of woodlands for biodiversity, heritage and landscape - an outdoor course for beginners to help gain an understanding of the basics of small woodland management and the ecology of biodiversity and heritage in the landscape. Read more