Historic handover confirmed for 220-hectare Scarborough wildlife hotspot
A 222 hectare (550 acres) area of woodland on the edge of Scarborough is set to undergo a transformation after its handover to local community ownership was confirmed today.
Raincliffe and Forge Valley Woods will be transferred from Scarborough Borough Council into management by the Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise (RWCE), a social enterprise owned and run by members of the local community.
With support of organisations including the Woodland Trust and Groundwork the group will focus on the development of the site under three broad themes; Wildlife, People and Enterprise. Key activity will include its restoration to broadleaved woodland, the encouragement of greater public use and generating sustainable income from timber sales, employment, volunteering and other enterprises.
Raincliffe community wood will be many things.
It is a woodland open to the public every day.
It is a fresh way of working with the local community to create a better environment, provide employment training and a career building initiative.
It is also a business; a social enterprise that offers training in the form of apprenticeships, education and mentoring to create sustainable longterm management of the woods and a place accessible to all.
It will provide social, economic and sustainable return to boost biodiversity, recreation and your community.
Why not become a member (which is free!), you get to have your say on how the woodland should be run, and be included when we have special events.