WHAT WE DO

Restoring the Land

Forest, Meadow & Orchard

WHAT WE DO

Working with Nature

One of the founding aims of Ruskin’s Guild was to acquire land and—through labour, wind and water power—to bring it into useful production.

We work to demonstrate that land management can be people focused, environmentally excellent and economically viable.

Since 2007 Wyre Community Land Trust (WCLT) has been working in partnership with the Guild, managing land and woodland in and around the ancient woodlands of the Wyre Forest. Including Ruskin Land, WCLT manages now about 200 hectares consisting of fragmented wildlife habitats and ancient woodlands.

WORKING IN

The Oak Forest

Much of Ruskin Land is beautiful ancient woodland, almost entirely made up of oak trees due to its past life as a commercial coppice.

For the last century, since coppicing ceased, it has become very neglected, we are now starting to manage it sustainably to restore its diminishing wildlife and use its timber.

The current restructuring work will produce a more resilient and diverse wood, more able to survive and thrive as the climate changes.

OUTCOMES

Timber

Woodland management produces lots of useful woodfuel and timber, and our mission is to use this raw material as a way to revive a rural economy at Ruskin Land.

To this end we have established a woodyard with a sawmill and want to use this to support a community of people who can work here using the timber that our conservation activity produces.

SUPPORTING

The Land

As well as the ancient woodland landscapes, Ruskin Land also contains many different fragmented habitats that we maintain. These include species rich meadows, lowland heath, wood pasture and traditional orchards.

We  work in partnership with a number of different landowners and public bodies managing the habitats to optimise conditions for wildlife. A recent success following the opening up of pathways through the forest has been an increase in the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

PEOPLE

Our Community

Part of our mission is to involve people in every part of our work, to experience the fun and reward of creating things, from fences to furniture, pictures to poetry.

John Ruskin had a vision for our place that it should be ‘beautiful, peaceful and fruitful’, and fundamentally this is what we strive for. As well as nurturing the beauty and peace of Ruskin Land, we bring out its fruitfulness, supporting a flourishing and distinctive place, a rich wildlife around a thriving community.

WHAT WE DO

Working with Nature

One of the founding aims of Ruskin’s Guild was to acquire land and—through labour, wind and water power—to bring it into useful production.

We work to demonstrate that land management can be people focused, environmentally excellent and economically viable.

Since 2007 Wyre Community Land Trust (WCLT) has been working in partnership with the Guild, managing land and woodland in and around the ancient woodlands of the Wyre Forest. Including Ruskin Land, WCLT manages now about 200 hectares consisting of fragmented wildlife habitats and ancient woodlands.

WORKING IN

The Oak Forest

Much of Ruskin Land is beautiful ancient woodland, almost entirely made up of oak trees due to its past life as a commercial coppice.

For the last century, since coppicing ceased, it has become very neglected, we are now starting to manage it sustainably to restore its diminishing wildlife and use its timber.

The current restructuring work will produce a more resilient and diverse wood, more able to survive and thrive as the climate changes.

OUTCOMES

Timber

Woodland management produces lots of useful woodfuel and timber, and our mission is to use this raw material as a way to revive a rural economy at Ruskin Land.

To this end we have established a woodyard with a sawmill and want to use this to support a community of people who can work here using the timber that our conservation activity produces.

SUPPORTING

The Land

As well as the ancient woodland landscapes, Ruskin Land also contains many different fragmented habitats that we maintain. These include species rich meadows, lowland heath, wood pasture and traditional orchards.

We  work in partnership with a number of different landowners and public bodies managing the habitats to optimise conditions for wildlife. A recent success following the opening up of pathways through the forest has been an increase in the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

PEOPLE

Our Community

Part of our mission is to involve people in every part of our work, to experience the fun and reward of creating things, from fences to furniture, pictures to poetry.

John Ruskin had a vision for our place that it should be ‘beautiful, peaceful and fruitful’, and fundamentally this is what we strive for. As well as nurturing the beauty and peace of Ruskin Land, we bring out its fruitfulness, supporting a flourishing and distinctive place, a rich wildlife around a thriving community.

WHAT WE DO

Working with Nature

One of the founding aims of Ruskin’s Guild was to acquire land and—through labour, wind and water power—to bring it into useful production.

We work to demonstrate that land management can be people focused, environmentally excellent and economically viable.

Since 2007 Wyre Community Land Trust (WCLT) has been working in partnership with the Guild, managing land and woodland in and around the ancient woodlands of the Wyre Forest. Including Ruskin Land, WCLT manages now about 200 hectares consisting of fragmented wildlife habitats and ancient woodlands.

WORKING IN

The Oak Forest

Much of Ruskin Land is beautiful ancient woodland, almost entirely made up of oak trees due to its past life as a commercial coppice.

For the last century, since coppicing ceased, it has become very neglected, we are now starting to manage it sustainably to restore its diminishing wildlife and use its timber.

The current restructuring work will produce a more resilient and diverse wood, more able to survive and thrive as the climate changes.

OUTCOMES

Timber

Woodland management produces lots of useful woodfuel and timber, and our mission is to use this raw material as a way to revive a rural economy at Ruskin Land.

To this end we have established a woodyard with a sawmill and want to use this to support a community of people who can work here using the timber that our conservation activity produces.

SUPPORTING

The Land

As well as the ancient woodland landscapes, Ruskin Land also contains many different fragmented habitats that we maintain. These include species rich meadows, lowland heath, wood pasture and traditional orchards.

We  work in partnership with a number of different landowners and public bodies managing the habitats to optimise conditions for wildlife. A recent success following the opening up of pathways through the forest has been an increase in the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

PEOPLE

Our Community

Part of our mission is to involve people in every part of our work, to experience the fun and reward of creating things, from fences to furniture, pictures to poetry.

John Ruskin had a vision for our place that it should be ‘beautiful, peaceful and fruitful’, and fundamentally this is what we strive for. As well as nurturing the beauty and peace of Ruskin Land, we bring out its fruitfulness, supporting a flourishing and distinctive place, a rich wildlife around a thriving community.

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01299 488083

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St Georges Farm
Tanners Hill
Bewdley
DY12 2LS