Partners: Heritage Lottery Fund, Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission, High Weald AONB Unit.
Timescale: 1st April 2012 to 31 March 2015.
Since December 2005 the Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission have been jointly funding a national demonstration project in the High Weald - the Ancient Woodland Restoration Project - to restore unmanaged conifer plantations on ancient woodland sites to broadleaved woodland. The Project has demonstrated how proactive work by a dedicated officer can engage landowners who are currently not involved in woodland management under existing grants schemes. The success of the Project has led to its rollout across the South East and the rest of England. Living Woods is a new woodland project that builds on the Ancient Woodland Restoration Project and aims to engage community groups aswell as landowners.