Granny KettleGranny KettleWoodlandWoodlandA proposal supported by:A proposal supported by:Wildlife in AscotWildlife in Asc...
Granny KettleGranny KettleWoodlandWoodlandCentred around a 5.5 acreCentred around a 5.5 acrewoodland site adjoiningwoodla...
Official UKOfficial UKGovernment definitionGovernment definition‘‘A social enterprise is a business withA social enterpris...
EcologicalEcologicalenterprises…enterprises… ……contribute positively to humancontribute positively to humanflourishingflo...
Hill Holt WoodHill Holt Woodcase studycase study Hill Holt Wood operates as anHill Holt Wood operates as an‘environmental...
Hill Holt Wood statsHill Holt Wood stats Established in 1995.Established in 1995. 14.2 hectare deciduous woodland situat...
Hill Holt WoodHill Holt Woodecological objectivesecological objectives to run an environmentally sustainableto run an env...
Hill Holt Wood socialHill Holt Wood socialobjectivesobjectivesTo run a locally-valued social enterpriseTo run a locally-va...
Hill Holt WoodHill Holt Woodeconomic objectiveseconomic objectivesTo run an economically viable socialTo run an economical...
GKW proposedGKW proposedbusiness modelbusiness model Community Interest Organisation;Community Interest Organisation; Co...
Community InterestCommunity InterestOrganisationsOrganisations Set up in July 2005 to give SEs aSet up in July 2005 to gi...
GKW clients:GKW clients: Council (at risk, excluded and unemployed youngCouncil (at risk, excluded and unemployed youngpe...
GKW costs:GKW costs: Entirely run by volunteers to start off withEntirely run by volunteers to start off withthrough grou...
GSK future potential:GSK future potential: Build a small workshop for ‘all-weather’Build a small workshop for ‘all-weathe...
Any enquiries /Any enquiries /commentscomments Facebook:Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GrannyKettleWoodhttps://www.fac...
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A proposal to launch a community owned woodland enterprise for Sunningdale, Bucks. The aim would be to engage young people in sustainable income generating activities for the benefit of the wider community. For more details, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrannyKettleWood

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  • This presentation focuses on the concept of a ‘socio-ecological enterprise” – an enterprise which explicitly addresses social and ecological objectives within its mission and operations. I will use Hill Holt Wood as an example of a ‘socio-ecological enterprise’ and present opportunities for capitalising on a 5.5 acre woodland which I currently own for launching a local socio-ecological enterprise.
  • This definition says very little about the environmental and ecological prerequisites for sustaining society in the long-term.
  • Tim Jackson’s description of an ecological enterprise clearly encompasses the triple bottom line: economy; society; and environment.
  • Hill Holt Wood is an excellent example of a socio-ecological enterprise which directly addresses the triple bottom line in its practices. This is clearly apparent in its objectives.
  • The owners of the woodland, Nigel and Karen Lowthrop, didn’t have a clear idea of what to do with the woodland when they bought it in 1995, and certainly didn’t have a social enterprise business plan, but they did want to make a living out of the woodland which was ecological sustainable and compatible with the interests of the local community. Through engagement with the community and council, a range of mutually beneficial activities were identified, which has enabled the establishment and growth of an incredibly successful social enterprise.
  • The impact of Hill Holt wood has been enormous. The Rural Beat team leader of the Lincolnshire police was impressed enough to write a letter in April 2008 saying: 'During the last year the anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in our policing team area has reduced by at least 25%....” Calming and therapeutic effects of trees and woodlands on the young people being trained some of whom have emotional and behavioural difficulties or special needs
  • A Community Interest Organisation provides the same straightforward route as a limited company but guarantees direct communities benefit. A share issue scheme would enable community ownership and eliminate the possibility of developers ever getting their hands on the woodland.
  • Crucially, provide a focus for bringing the community together to create greater resilience in the face of escalating social, environmental and economic crises.
  • 20 people turned up at this event on November 17, 2012, demonstrating the significant interest in the initiative.
  • Granny Kettle Wood - a social enterprise proposal

    1. 1. Granny KettleGranny KettleWoodlandWoodlandA proposal supported by:A proposal supported by:Wildlife in AscotWildlife in AscotAscot Community Environment NetworkAscot Community Environment Network(ASCENT)(ASCENT)Sustainable SunningdaleSustainable SunningdaleA Socio-Ecological Enterprise forAscot, Sunningdale and Sunninghill
    2. 2. Granny KettleGranny KettleWoodlandWoodlandCentred around a 5.5 acreCentred around a 5.5 acrewoodland site adjoiningwoodland site adjoiningSunningdale village (Berks) andSunningdale village (Berks) andWindsor Great Park (violet borderWindsor Great Park (violet borderon map).on map).Currently undergoing ecologicalCurrently undergoing ecologicalrestoration through the help ofrestoration through the help ofvolunteers.volunteers.Eventual aim is to expand theEventual aim is to expand thearea under community ownershiparea under community ownershipand establish a local socio-and establish a local socio-ecological enterprise.ecological enterprise.
    3. 3. Official UKOfficial UKGovernment definitionGovernment definition‘‘A social enterprise is a business withA social enterprise is a business withprimarily social objectives whoseprimarily social objectives whosesurpluses are principally reinvested forsurpluses are principally reinvested forthat purpose in the business or in thethat purpose in the business or in thecommunity, rather than being driven bycommunity, rather than being driven bythe need to maximise profit forthe need to maximise profit forshareholders and owners (Departmentshareholders and owners (Departmentfor Business Innovation and Skills, 2011)for Business Innovation and Skills, 2011)
    4. 4. EcologicalEcologicalenterprises…enterprises… ……contribute positively to humancontribute positively to humanflourishingflourishing ……support community and provide decentsupport community and provide decentlivelihoodslivelihoods ……use as little as possible in the way ofuse as little as possible in the way ofmaterials and energymaterials and energyTim Jackson (2010) the Trans Atlantic –Tim Jackson (2010) the Trans Atlantic –Journal of Economics and PhilosophyJournal of Economics and Philosophy
    5. 5. Hill Holt WoodHill Holt Woodcase studycase study Hill Holt Wood operates as anHill Holt Wood operates as an‘environmental social enterprise’.‘environmental social enterprise’. Mission:Mission: Maintain our ancient woodland for use by the publicMaintain our ancient woodland for use by the public Teach and develop young people to help them realiseTeach and develop young people to help them realisetheir potentialtheir potential Create products and services valuable to the communityCreate products and services valuable to the community Promote the cause of environmentalism andPromote the cause of environmentalism andsustainabilitysustainability
    6. 6. Hill Holt Wood statsHill Holt Wood stats Established in 1995.Established in 1995. 14.2 hectare deciduous woodland situated on14.2 hectare deciduous woodland situated onthe Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border.the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border. Socio-ecological enterprise employs 21 people.Socio-ecological enterprise employs 21 people. Income primarily generated by working withIncome primarily generated by working withexcluded, at risk or unemployed young people.excluded, at risk or unemployed young people.
    7. 7. Hill Holt WoodHill Holt Woodecological objectivesecological objectives to run an environmentally sustainableto run an environmentally sustainablewoodland bywoodland by sustainable wood extraction,sustainable wood extraction, monitoring and enhancing biodiversity,monitoring and enhancing biodiversity, applying alternative technologies,applying alternative technologies, staying off grid.staying off grid.
    8. 8. Hill Holt Wood socialHill Holt Wood socialobjectivesobjectivesTo run a locally-valued social enterpriseTo run a locally-valued social enterprisebyby Providing access to local people and organisationsProviding access to local people and organisationswithin a safe and informative site.within a safe and informative site.Providing education and training to excluded school-Providing education and training to excluded school-children, young offenders and disadvantaged youngchildren, young offenders and disadvantaged youngpeople.people.Developing and implementing structures underDeveloping and implementing structures undercommunity control.community control.Using local goods, materials and services.Using local goods, materials and services.
    9. 9. Hill Holt WoodHill Holt Woodeconomic objectiveseconomic objectivesTo run an economically viable socialTo run an economically viable socialenterprise by…enterprise by…Achieving an annual surplus for investment andAchieving an annual surplus for investment andinnovationinnovationMaintaining a diversity of income streams,Maintaining a diversity of income streams,clients, products and servicesclients, products and servicesManufacturing and selling woodland added-valueManufacturing and selling woodland added-valueproductsproductsDelivering consultancy servicesDelivering consultancy services
    10. 10. GKW proposedGKW proposedbusiness modelbusiness model Community Interest Organisation;Community Interest Organisation; Community share issue scheme wouldCommunity share issue scheme wouldallow community ownership and theallow community ownership and theability to buy the adjoining 16 acresability to buy the adjoining 16 acrescurrently in private ownership;currently in private ownership; Income through ecological activities withIncome through ecological activities withlocal schoolchildren and at risk, excludedlocal schoolchildren and at risk, excludedand unemployed young people;and unemployed young people;
    11. 11. Community InterestCommunity InterestOrganisationsOrganisations Set up in July 2005 to give SEs aSet up in July 2005 to give SEs a‘branded’ business structure, and‘branded’ business structure, andencourage external investmentencourage external investment Cost £35 – apply to CIO RegulatorCost £35 – apply to CIO Regulator Needs a community interest statementNeeds a community interest statementand pass the community interest testand pass the community interest test Accounts, and community interest report,Accounts, and community interest report,each yeareach year
    12. 12. GKW clients:GKW clients: Council (at risk, excluded and unemployed youngCouncil (at risk, excluded and unemployed youngpeople);people); Schools (three primary schools and one secondarySchools (three primary schools and one secondaryschool within walking distance);school within walking distance); Local youth groups (Scouts and Guides would be ableLocal youth groups (Scouts and Guides would be ableto use/camp in the woodland );to use/camp in the woodland ); Local population (willing to buy Hazel beanpoles, logs,Local population (willing to buy Hazel beanpoles, logs,charcoal and simple woodwork such as nest boxes)charcoal and simple woodwork such as nest boxes) Funding bodies (e.g. Forestry Commission) for one-offFunding bodies (e.g. Forestry Commission) for one-offrestoration/biodiversity conservation projects.restoration/biodiversity conservation projects.
    13. 13. GKW costs:GKW costs: Entirely run by volunteers to start off withEntirely run by volunteers to start off withthrough groups such as ASCENT andthrough groups such as ASCENT andWildlife in Ascot;Wildlife in Ascot; Income would pay for public liabilityIncome would pay for public liabilityinsurance and infrastructure (fencing,insurance and infrastructure (fencing,nest boxes, woodworking/ecologicalnest boxes, woodworking/ecologicalrestoration equipment, training)restoration equipment, training)
    14. 14. GSK future potential:GSK future potential: Build a small workshop for ‘all-weather’Build a small workshop for ‘all-weather’woodcraft;woodcraft; Enable young people to gainEnable young people to gainqualifications in tree surgery, charcoalqualifications in tree surgery, charcoalmaking, woodcraft, etc;making, woodcraft, etc; Training and supervise young people toTraining and supervise young people toprovide services to local community inprovide services to local community inforestry, gardening, horticulture and treeforestry, gardening, horticulture and treesurgery.surgery.
    15. 15. Any enquiries /Any enquiries /commentscomments Facebook:Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GrannyKettleWoodhttps://www.facebook.com/GrannyKettleWood E-mail:E-mail: GrannyKettleWood@gmail.comGrannyKettleWood@gmail.com and/or come along to an ASCENT / Wildlife in Ascotand/or come along to an ASCENT / Wildlife in Ascotevent!event!
    16. 16. Special thanks to:

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