“Whitelands is a sunlight-capturing factory that consumes about 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. It is run for wildlife and is financed by ecological consultancy, timber sales, education and training. The timber is used in a huge variety of projects, mostly construction of interesting and eco-friendly buildings. Firewood is also produced. It needs interest, recruits and customers to help drive the perpetuating woodland.”
– Jonathan West, Principal and Founder
We are the Whitelands Project CIC, a woodland based social enterprise. We unite business and biodiversity, restoring the native woodland by working with local small businesses and community groups.
Planted up as a western red cedar plantation in 1957, the Whitelands Wood came under the management of Jonathan West in 2002. Jonathan established the Whitelands Project, aiming to restore the area to its native woodland state, while supplying a small saw mill with sustainable timber and providing a venue for ecological education. Jonathan’s children took over the Project in 2018, and transformed the family business into a community interest company. Both ecologists, they believe woodland management is all about diversity – both biologically and economically!
The Project now provides a platform for small businesses and local tradesmen to sustainably utilize Whitelands’ ecosystem services. That includes the western red cedar and ash timber, firewood, and willow coppice, as well as the amazing woodland space itself. If you want to read more about our business opportunities and partnerships, head over to our “business” page. If you’d like to hear about the species we support, check out our “biodiversity” page.
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