Get Involved

Come to an Open Woodland Meeting

Have your say about what you would like to see happen in the woods by coming along to our next Open Woodland Meeting. These gatherings are informal and friendly. There is no pressure on anyone to speak – you are welcome to simply come and mingle.

At each event we’ll be chatting about actvities we’ve undertaken in the previous quarter, and plans for the upcoming quarter.

We’ll also have a community consultation activity at each Open Woodland Meeting to give you a chance to tell us what you think about current plans for the woods, and to put forward your ideas for future projects.

We plan to meet quarterly either in the woods or Gifford Village Hall with the option of joining online for those who are unable to attend in person.

For dates of upcoming Open Woodland Meetings see our Events page.

Volunteer with us

While Nev is working hard to manage the woods, it’s definitely a case of many hands make light work. Join Nev to help with activities such as tree guard replacement, rhododendron eradication and path maintenance.

You could also help out behind-the-scenes by supporting us with event delivery, newsletter distribution and competitions.

We would love for you to get involved. No experience is necessary and it’s such rewarding fun. We offer volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Please do join us!

Have a browse of our upcoming volunteer activities here.

Apply to be a Trustee

Anyone living in Gifford is welcome to apply to be a Trustee of Gifford Community Woodland. Trustees are voted in at each Annual General Meeting (AGM). All Trustees are asked to step down after a twelve month period to ensure all community members have a chance of getting involved.

If you’d like to be put forward for nomination as a Gifford Community Woodland Trustee, please get in touch.

Sign up to our newsletter

We’ll be posting regularly about activities in the woods, as well as educational content relating to the wildlife, nature and woods management practices. Be the first to hear our news by signing up to our online e-newsletter.

Schools and Community Outreach Events

We also run an ongoing programme of schools and community group projects and visits. These can include learning how to care for the woods, and taking part in practical activities such as placing tree guards on new saplings, weeding and helping to clear rhododenrons.

If you are part of a community or social group and you’d like to visit our woodland for your own events or activities, please get in touch. We are also happy to coordinate visits that relate to the role of your community group. For example, art sessions, educational tours, or poetry recitals.

Please do contact us if your community group or school are keen to spend time the woods.