From the 1st April 2015 Neroche Woodlanders Ltd is offering membership to our supporters, participants, volunteers and local people. To join, people buy shares and so become Shareholder Members.
How much does it cost?
Shares cost £1, and the minimum shareholding is five. So the minimum cost to become a shareholder is £5, though shareholders can invest more if they wish. In addition, each year we will ask for a £5 annual subscribers fee.
What does being a shareholder mean?
Shareholder Members have a stake in the organisation. They can vote at the Annual General Meeting, and be involved in many other ways in governance and practical development.
Members may purchase any number of shares, but each member will have one vote regardless of how many shares they own. This gives Neroche Woodlanders a democratic structure. Shares in this opening membership offer will not be redeemable.
We do not distribute profits or assets to Shareholder Members: any surplus is put back into the organisation. We are subject to an asset lock, so assets cannot be sold for private gain.
Why become a Shareholder Member?- Shape the organisation - use your vote at the Annual General Meeting to help steer direction. Get involved in an advisory group for projects and activities.
- Share in the creation of the community in the forest - get involved and hear more about what is happening through regular newsletters.
- Support the evolution of Young Wood and our projects - shares help finance the organisation.
Where will your money go?
Shareholder Membership is primarily intended to broaden representation within Neroche Woodlanders, rather than raise capital. Shareholder Member income will be used to support the running costs of the organisation, including the costs of communicating amongst our network. Neroche Woodlanders may issue separate share offers in the future to finance capital investment.
Our Legal Status
Woodlanders Ltd is a social enterprise, and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society (BenComm) under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, registration no. 31925R. The Board of Directors are Gavin Saunders, Jenny Archard and Rachel Wootton. Registered address is 10 Sunnyside, Awliscombe, Honiton EX14 3NX.
Woodlanders seeks to be an innovative organisation
- By being the first lease-holding social enterprise in the public forest estate in England
- By exploring new ways of using old skills to help people connect with the land, and find fulfilling, sustainable employment
- By developing deeper ways of journeying into nature and the wild
- By enabling a wide community to work together to make the most of the public land they share
- By exploring new ways of connecting nature conservation with social benefit
Woodlanders strives to build richer, more diverse, magical and robust landscapes, both within the forest and within the people who work with us.
We are a small, friendly, independent social enterprise based on public land, providing a rich diversity of experiences in nature.We offer outdoor learning, Forest School, volunteering, family, team and personal development, deep explorations of the wild, natural history study, bushcraft and hands-on conservation forestry.
We benefit from a network of volunteers and supporters and target our grant-funded work at disadvantaged groups. We will generate forest products and more services as we develop.
How do I join or find out more?
Contact us for a Membership form - us the enquiry form below. We will post you the form, as it has to be signed.