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 field.

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.

In 2020 11 acres were purchased from a private owner in Larchlands which gives access closer to Penn & Tylers Green.

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. Please email