Beechbrae was born out of a dream to live more sustainably and tread lightly on the resources we have.
We are a young social enterprise and charity based in a 35 acre young woodland (Beechbrae Wood) in Blackridge, West Lothian. We are using this as a base to teach, learn & engage with our natural environment and for our local community to gain skills and knowledge in practical woodland management and sustainability.
Our aims & objectives are:
- The advancement of education by providing educational activities for people of all ages and abilities to equip them with skills in developing, managing, and enhancing green space and woodlands and in community growing.
- The advancement of community development by encouraging the local community to take part in the green space, woodland and community growing activities of Beechbrae with the aim of improving the quality of life for the whole community.
- The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities available to the local community and to members of the public at large with a view to improving their conditions in life, including (without prejudice to that generality) promoting and improving access to woodland, and through providing, developing and improving the facilities which support access to woodland and greenspace, biodiversity and wildlife.
- The advancement of environmental protection or improvement by helping protect, enhance & restore the biodiversity of Blackridge & West Lothian and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.
Our aims are both social and environmental at the core and are met through a holistic woodland management programme combining the needs of people and the environment. We offer healthy, tasty, high quality, home grown produce created through sensitive use of the land and give training to show people better ways of using the land. We are a sustainable enterprise that creates a sustainable environment.
We are currently delivering a community carbon reduction project with funding from the Climate Challenge Fund which involves a community garden, but we also have other small environment and mental health projects happening throughout the year.