Leader+ is one of four initiatives financed by EU structural funds and is designed to help rural actors consider the long-term potential of their local region.
In UK, the Leader approach delivers a part of the Rural Development Programme.
In SE England leader will be delivered through 14 Loal Action Groups (see SEEDA)
Plumpton College, Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry provides training and networking to assist farmers and growers to keep farming in a sustainable way. More and more businesses have realised the enormous opportunity there is to add value and sell quality products to local markets.
A dynamic training programme of one and two day practical courses, where delegate numbers are
limited, is available as well as bespoke training for your business. In addition we can visit your farm, provide a mentor and help with producer networking opportunities.
Grant aid support for wood processing businesses
SEEDA is the Rural Development Agency for SE England and manage the Rural Development Programme, and provide funding for woodland initiatives through Leader and other support mecahnisms for rural businesses.
The Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) Ltd (ConFor) has been established to help build the market for timber, timber products and forest services, create a supportive policy environment for the forest industries and to help our members become more competitive and successful.
The Royal Forestry Society caters for all who care about forests, woodlands and trees, their husbandry and their future.
Promotes the management, conservation and rehabilitation of small and under-managed woodlands. Membership is open to anyone who has the care and conservation of woodlands at heart.
Small Woods Association produce a helpful Woodland Initiatives Handbook and a register of initiatives in England.
A useful resource with an active Forum / Blog for small woodland enthusiasts
A site dedicated to coppice - The biology, management and products, including some instructive video tutorials.
The Sussex & Surrey Coppice group was formed in 1997 by coppice workers in south-east England to promote the industry and its products.
Woodland Heritage was founded by a group of traditional cabinet makers who wanted to improve the way in which trees were grown, maintained and harvested in the UK.