The Woodland Edge

29 to 30 September 2011

What was the event?

A conference which sought to harness the energy of the woodland edge. It explored the interface where people and nature meet, in the context of Britain’s wooded landscapes, at a time of uncertainty, change, and new possibilities. The event offered a chance to reflect on good practice, to challenge conventional wisdoms, and to celebrate what we can achieve together in our woodlands and wider landscapes, both rural and urban:

  • How are Britain’s forests and woods currently being managed for environmental and social benefits?
  • How can people and organizations work in partnership to manage landscapes for a diversity of needs?
  • How can landscape-scale conservation projects embrace whole communities as they evolve?
  • How can conservation initiatives cater for the range of experiences people are seeking from wild landscapes, for their social, therapeutic and cultural benefits?
  • How can local forest and other landscape partnerships best resource new initiatives, in these times of austerity?

Conference themes were:

  • Forests and woodlands in public policy
  • Community empowerment, governance and resourcing
  • Landscape-scale nature conservation, re-wilding, and ecosystem services
  • Learning and well-being in woodland settings
  • Cultural heritage, access, interpretation and the arts in natural landscapes

Conference flyer (PDF-537K)

Conference website

Forest Research involvement

The Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme (NLPS) consists of landscape and heritage based activities that sought to maximise the value of the northern part of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for wildlife conservation, access and recreation, learning and skills development.  The NLPS ran from 2006 to 2011 and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme was led by the Forestry Commission (FC) with eleven other partnership organisations involved.

The FC commissioned Forest Research to perform an evaluation (below) to maximise learning from the scheme, to help underpin its legacy and provide useful data and insights for future (landscape) partnership schemes.

Evaluation of the Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme

Who was the event suitable for?

Environmental and community practitioners, both professional and voluntary - landscape managers, community leaders, conservation officers, policy makers, outdoor educators. It was a participatory event - an opportunity to share experience, learn from others, gain inspiration and refresh the spirit.

Where did the event take place?

Neroche Forest (in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Near Staple Fitzpaine


For further information please phone 01823 680 846 or email