Regenerating communities through woodland creation
Challenges and lessons learned:
One of the challenges of the project is about managing uncertainty. Climate change will have unknown impacts on the forest, as will pests and diseases. It is not clear yet which species of tree will be most appropriate to plant in order to ensure a healthy forest in the future.
It would have been helpful to have more detailed staffing plans at the start of the project, as it would have made it easier to identify ways of funding staff.
Working together has helped to demonstrate to potential partners how committed the team is to creating a shared vision, and being passionate and committed to the vision has helped to drive it forward.