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The Commercial Recreation Toolkit is for existing or prospective woodland landowners, managers or tenants in the East of England. Many will be newcomers to commercial recreation and will be seeking new ways to make money from their land and woods.

We encourage users to help us improve this site. If you have any activity ideas which we have missed, if you have an interesting case study to share, or if you find any errors or a link missing then please use the "contact us" facility and get in touch.


This site has been developed for the project partners of The East of England Development Agency, The East of England Tourist Board, The Forestry Commission, Forest Research and Sport England.

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic growth and regeneration in the East of England. Their task is to improve the region’s economic performance and ensure the East of England remains one of the UK’s top performing regions.

The East of England Tourist Board covers the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It is funded by government, local authorities, tourism industry members and its own commercial activities.

The Forestry Commission is the Government Department with statutory responsible for trees and woodland. In the East of England, the Forestry Commission is the largest provider of outdoor recreation facilities. The region has a Regional Woodland Strategy ( )

Sport England is an organisation committed to creating opportunities for people to start in sport, stay in sport and succeed in sport. They provide the strategic lead for sport in England and are responsible for delivering the Government's sporting objectives. As part of the modernising of Sport England, nine new regional sports boards have been created. Each has responsibility for delegated decision making on lottery grants and investment priorities and also to provide strategic direction in each region.

Forest Research’s core roles are to provide the evidence base for UK forestry practices and to support innovation. They also provide a range of products and services to support the land management and environmental technologies sectors.

From left: Ian Plowman (Regional Rural Sport and Recreation Facilitator), Danny Crates, Pat Holtom (EEDA Board Member) and Steve Scott (Forestry Commission) with pupils from Bosmere CP School

Partner Logos: EEDA, East of England Tourist Board, Forestry Commission and Sport England East