Good Woods brought to life for B&Q

corporate day

Published Thursday 25 September 2014

B&Q employees have got hands on to help revitalise a New Forest woodland as part of their pioneering woodland regeneration project.

A team building day of coppicing was organised by the New Forest National Park Authority to help B&Q employees learn more about the effectiveness of the Good Woods initiative in New Forest.

Coppicing involves cutting a tree down to the stump to encourage regrowth, and B&Q staff used the technique on dozens of trees to revitalise a section of forest.  

Good Woods is a ground-breaking project aiming to breathe new life into UK woodlands and is helping to reduce the high level of unmanaged private woodland in the New Forest, which currently stands at over 40 per cent. During the project eight woodland sites were surveyed in the New Forest in order to promote better management practices.

Woodland management is particularly important in the New Forest as its woods are a hugely diverse habitat for wildlife and contain the highest population of veteran trees in western Europe.

Matt Sexton, B&Q Director of Corporate Responsibility, said: ‘We have looked at the Good Woods programme with a great deal of pride and interest over the last couple of years and studied the charts and the reports, but we have never actually been down on the ground and seen what’s really involved.

‘To come on a day like this and get an update from those working on Good Woods in the New Forest National Park, while helping with a little bit of the work, helps us to feel much closer to the project.’

Helen O’Brien, New Forest National Park Authority Corporate Partnerships Officer, said: ‘We have been working with B&Q for some time to develop Good Woods in the New Forest, and this day is a great way for them to work together as a team, learn a new skill, get out into the New Forest and, crucially, understand the impact of the project that they have been funding

‘A coppicing day is one of many staff engagement days we offer to businesses, these days allow staff to work together on fascinating conservation tasks while enjoying time with colleagues away from the workplace.’

The Good Woods scheme operates across the south and east of England and sees B&Q teaming up with sustainability charity BioRegional and forestry charity Sylva Foundation to revive woodlands to provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The project is administered by the New Forest Land Advice Service within the New Forest and surrounding areas.

The New Forest Land Advice Service is funded by the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the Verderers.

Anybody interested in organising an innovative outdoor staff engagement event in the New Forest should email   

For more information on Good Woods please visit


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Matt Sexton, B&Q Director of Corporate Responsibility takes part in a coppicing day in the New Forest with a colleague.

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About the New Forest Land Advice Service

The New Forest Land Advice Service is available to landowners and occupiers who would like advice and support on a wide range of issues relating to land management. The advisors operate across the National Park, the Avon Valley and the coastal plain. Since the service started in 2010 it has advised more than 300 businesses.

The service offers:

  • A free and independent service for the land managing community in and around the New Forest and Avon Valley
  • Support for landowners, farmers, New Forest Commoners, equine owners, graziers and community groups
  • Advice to anyone who owns or manages a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) in the area
  • A small grant scheme which can support capital works which benefit the landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the area.

To find out more about the New Forest Land Advice Service, or arrange a visit, please call 01590 646696 or email

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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