The Green Light Trust
Our mission is to bring communities and landscapes to life through 'hands-on' learning and the growing of woodlands. With independence and self-sufficiency as the goal, we work with both urban and rural communities to find land, design, plant, manage and own their woodland projects.
We also provide education for sustainable development through local action and global citizenship. Our work in schools involves pupils from early years to 6th form; from gathering seeds to caring for woods in order to help them develop as wise caretakers of the earth’s resources.
Based in our new headquarters, the Foundry, we now have 33 rural and urban community-owned woodland projects in 8 counties throughout the East of England Region. Over 47 hectares of land are now under community management and we have over 1000 committed volunteers with over 3000 children engaged in continual school programmes.
Providing a venue for meetings, events and other activities, the construction of the Foundry marked a significant milestone in our development. The building utilises hemp and lime rather than concrete and plastic, heats its water with solar panels, has a reed-bed sewage system, recycles rainwater for non-drinking purposes and has heating fuelled by wood chip from our own Community-owned woodland.
We have come a long way since we began in 1993. Our goal now is to build a unique patchwork of rejuvenated landscapes and communities, to initiate 200 projects and impact on 100,000 children.
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Inside The Foundry
Our annual tree planting
Haymaking at Golden Wood