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This site is aimed at existing or prospective woodland owners and managers who are seeking new ways to make money from their land and woods. It has originated in the East of England but will be applicable throughout lowland England.

The website is an analysis and a business advisory package. It details when and how to seek professional advice and demonstrates how recreation, leisure and tourism activities can provide a financial return in a sustainable manner alongside other woodland priorities such as timber production and biodiversity.

activity ideas

Forest drive

A Forest Drive will be the preserve of the largest woodland areas only.

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Hide 2

Badger cam, Badger watching, Wildlife hides, Bird watching

» more information on wildlife watching

Steam and model railways

Every school boy’s dream – to have an outdoor model railway!

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Water Sports

As a nation of sailors, recreational water sports have never been more popular. To carry out such activity in woodland, water is clearly a prerequisite.

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Clay pigeon

Clay pigeon shooting is the art of shooting at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets, with a shotgun.

» more information on clay pigeon shooting

whats new

The Forestry Commission has published a new guide called "Nature Play. Simple and fun ideas for all". This practical guide on nature play offers fun, simple and cost effective examples of play ideas from easily sourced materials. It will help landowners or managers wanting to improve informal play provision for children. Its presentational style, through photographs, also illustrates clearly to practitioners and partner organisations what is meant by nature play. For more information click here .

Sport England has launched a guide to good practice in promoting sport and active recreation. Active design: promoting opportunities for sport and physical activity through good design is aimed at town planners, urban designers and architects. It draws on best practice in masterplanning and urban design and advises on how opportunities for sport and active travel, such as walking and cycling, can be maximised through the design and layout of new building developments, open spaces and sports facilities. For more information click here .

A family outdoor centre "Bewilderwood", set in North Norfolk, is a "curious treehouse adventure" featuring treehouses, jungle walkways, and ziplines. For more information click here .

The Department for Communities and Local Government "Tourism Planning: New Good Practice Guide on planning for tourism" replaces PPG21. It aims to ensure planners appreciate the contribution of tourism and take this fully into account when preparing development plans and taking planning decisions. It can be accessed via the web click here .

Best of Both Worlds Website helps increase opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation, and at the same time commits to protecting the sensitive environments in which they take place. For further information click here .