Testing our framework for describing community woodland governance

Two experienced organisations commissioned to test out our framework through applying it to a set of case studies

News from Forest Research: September 2012

In June 2013 we published "Community forest governance: A review of existing literature and research evidence on the range of existing community engagement, governance and ownership arrangements for managing forests in England and beyond" as part of the body of evidence commissioned for the Independent Panel on Forestry.

To do this, we drew on the evidence we've developed over the last four years described in our research on governance of community forests and woodlands in Great Britain. But we also found that there is a gap in the evidence. There is an increasing number of newsletters and case studies, but to date, no systematic way of comparing communities' experiences and developing guidelines on which models work best in particular circumstances.

We therefore commissioned two experienced organisations to test out our framework for describing community woodland governance, through applying it to a set of case studies:

Over the next few months we'll be developing this work further.

For further information please contact:

Anna Lawrence
Head of Social and Economic Research Group
Email: anna.lawrence@forestry.gsi.gov.uk