Wrexham social enterprise enables carbon offsetting opportunities with crowdfunded green pastures
By utilising underused land, WoodsWork CIC aims to allow local businesses and the community to invest in reducing their environmental impact while allowing wildlife to thrive.
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WoodsWork became a Community Interest Company in April 2020 with the key goal to acquire underused land under threat of development near Wrexham where they will plant trees and hedgerows which the community can invest in as their own.
Alison Fuller, co-founder of the innovative social enterprise describes how there were a number of reasons for reclaiming underused land and allowing nature to take hold:
“I came up with the idea last winter to provide a platform for local people to be able to help buy areas of land to protect them for the future whilst at the same time enabling local businesses to offset their carbon emissions locally”.
Acquired land will give wildlife the chance to thrive and be offered to the community for recreation and forest workshops, among other activities. The social impacts include mental health benefits of being able to roam the open land with trees and wildlife to be enjoyed by schools and community groups, with the added plus of improved air quality.
"Instead of ‘Build, Build, Build’ let’s think Grow Green, Grow Strong and Grow together...sustainably.”
Thanking the skillsets and “steadying hand” of colleagues Rona and Christina, under the mentorship from Jacqui Cross, Social Business Wales New Start business advisor, Alison says they can move onto the next stage of making the vision a reality – acquiring land through community fundraising.
“Couldn’t have done it without them as I wouldn’t have known where to start, also the free training classes have been helpful and informative. We have already seen a couple of suitable pieces of land to create our dream.”
Land will be purchased with crowdfunding and options will be made available for businesses to offset their carbon emissions with trees and hedgerows planted in their name.
Prospects for the budding social enterprise are blossoming and with the acquisition of their first parcel of land in the offing, Alison has a simple message for the social enterprise sector and others considering options for reducing their impact:
“Instead of ‘Build, Build, Build’ let’s think Grow Green, Grow Strong and Grow together…sustainably.”
WoodsWork CIC has received business consultancy support and advice from Social Business Wales New Start, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.
If you have a social business idea and want to learn more about the support available from Social Business Wales New Start, book on to one of our ‘Start Something Good’ regional webinars or get in touch with the New Start team to see how they can help.
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