We have a number of projects underway with different partners.


We are part of the National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) recently launched Peer to Peer Mentoring Partnership.

The NAAONB has been successful in securing a Community Energy Peer to Peer Mentoring (CEPM) award from DECC and the Cabinet Office to drive forward social forestry pilot work.

The Government is keen to support the development of community energy projects to show how social action can help people reduce their energy bills. Although the community energy sector is growing and increasing numbers of new projects are being developed, the Government has recognised that smaller energy groups often work in isolation, with no formal networks for skills sharing or mentoring with larger more established organisations. Acknowledging the NAAONB’s work on social forestry the Cabinet Office has awarded the NAAONB £50,000 to take the project forward.

During 2014, the NAAONB will be working with woodland management partners, including Prime Coppice, to deliver a structured process of learning and development around woodland social action. This will result in

  • more woodlands becoming ‘actively’ managed,

  • more community groups confidently engaged in woodland activities, and

  • stronger wood fuel supply chains to drive more domestic heat derived from renewable sources

The NAAONB is leading the CEPM partnership that includes; Dorset AONB, Prime Coppice, Axewood Co-op, Arnside & Silverdale AONB, Silverdale Woodbank and Wyre Landscape Partnership and through collaborative working there will be opportunities for the AONB Family to share, learn and inspire about woodland social action.
Landscapes for Life
22nd November Prime Coppice is hosting a Wood Fuel day as part of this partnership

During November and December 2014 the NAAONB led Community Energy Peer to Peer Mentoring Partnership will be running a series of training events to support woodland management undertaken by community and social enterprise groups.

The training events flow from the 3 open study visits the CEPM Partnership ran in the summer - some 90 participants attended the study visits and contributed their thoughts on training and learning needs. For summaries of the study visits See: http://www.landscapesforliferesources.org.uk/blog

The events are:

* Thursday November 13th - Exploring Relationships With Woodland Owners - Forest Of Bowland AONB tbc
* Saturday November 22nd - Making the Most of your Wood Fuel - Dorset AONB THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED BY PRIME COPPICE
* Tuesday November 25th - All Things Legal - Legal Firm Offices Central Birmingham
*Thursday 27th November - Running and Sustaining a Successful Woodland Social Action Group - Arnside & Silverdale AONB
* Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December - Understanding Woodland Management - Wyre Forest

Booking for the events will be essential as places are limited - see http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-most-of-your-wood-fuel-tickets-13704742253 

These training events are supported by the Cabinet Office/ DECC and will cost £25 NAAONB members/ £35 non members



have also provided support to the Prime Coppice New Working Woodlanders

Communities living sustainably in Dorset Dorset AONB



Prime Coppice has a forestry commission approved management plan in place and is part of the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)