In 2003, an extensive Save Common Wood campaign run by the
Penn & Tylers Green Residents Society, backed by the Woodland
Trust and the Chiltern Society raised over £100,000 from the
public, along with awards of £508,000 from the Heritage Lottery
Fund, £35,000 from the Onyx Environmental Trust, and £25,000
from Penn Parish Council. This enabled the Residents Society to
purchase the remaining 248 acres of wood and an adjacent 8 acre
In 2009, in order to ensure continuity of ownership and
effective management of the wood in perpetuity, the Freehold
ownership was transferred to the Woodland Trust, in return for a
299 year rent-free lease with the freedom to manage the wood.
The wood is now managed by a committee of residents and specialist advisers under the auspices of the Residents Society.
Much of the work is carried out by volunteers who are always needed.
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