The Rewild Project CIC

The Rewild Project CIC (TRF) has existed as not-for-profit in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK since January 2016.

With no nature connection organisations in the area and having the highest rate of mental health issues in the county, TRP aims to build the resilience of all who get involved through their Radical Regen Rewilding approach.

Its achievements so far include:

  • Since June 2021, TRP have offered free open access Craft and Land skills, 4 days a week. Including free transport free cooked meal and drinks.
  • Delivering hundreds of affordable and accessible workshops (over 200 days since 2016)
  • Setting up a community craft centre in the centre of Forest of Dean.
  • Setting up three community orchards, one of which is award winning.
  • Coppicing and restoring acres of neglected woodland and part-planting a community coppice.
  • Creating a sensory garden for a home for people with disabilities
  • Training many local people in chainsaw and regenerative woodland practices
  • Setting up the ‘Springs and Wells project’, which organised community clean and refurbished 2 local Wells.

TRP is close to becoming an Open College Network Learning Centre to deliver Craft and Land Skills qualification for youth who are experiencing or at risk of exclusion or home educated.

It has so far achieved all of this without secure land tenureship, having run most projects on land under license or from the roadside as travellers. This is increasingly more challenging with the Trespass Bill. A vision to secure land for the people through setting up SEED (Social Environmental Education Diverse), Community Land Trust based on coop principles.

  • 2023
  • Permaculture Magazine Award
Photo: The Rewild Project CIC

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