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This "green" part of the web site is designed for existing or prospective woodland landowners, managers or tenants. Many will be newcomers to commercial recreation and will be seeking new ways to make money from their land and woods.

The best place to start is in the "helping you" section. This part of the site helps you search for commercial recreation activities that might be applicable in woodland. Each activity is associated with a series of relevant case studies and invaluable information notes to help you decide what might work for you.


Tourism is a major economic driver (£3.4 billion in 1997 in the East of England), with woodland widely considered to be a positive contributor to the industry. Although the traditional seaside holiday has been in long-term decline, short breaks, particularly involving countryside and heritage locations are growing.
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Woodland based commercial recreation and tourism can add significantly to rural economies, providing employment and downstream benefits.

Woodlands form an integral part of many tourist attractions, either as attractive settings or in their own right. Numerous tourist venues are largely or partially associated with woodlands. It has been estimated that woodland contributes significantly to about 20% of the East of England’s ‘out of town’ attractions, as well as contributing more generally to the visitors’ experiences of a day out or holiday in the region.

As well as being attractive places to visit, woodlands can provide a range of tourism facilities including:

  • heritage trails,
  • camping and caravan sites,
  • cabins and cottages,
  • organised, specialist sports,
  • cycling,
  • visitor centres, and
  • ‘safaris’ and bird/mammal watching.

Woodland size and ownership characteristics are major factors limiting the ability to provide tourist attractions. Large woodland areas or estates have an advantage.