Launched in the summer of 2003 by the Forestry Commission and the regional development agency, Newlands was an exciting regeneration programme to reclaim large areas of derelict, underused and neglected (DUN) land across the North West of England and transform it into thriving, durable, community woodlands.
The programme forged a range of different partnerships, working with a variety of organisations across the region. When Newlands came to an end, it had successfully revitalised some of the most neglected land in the region.
This website is dedicated to the legacy of the programme, and showcases some of its achievements. Read on to discover how Newlands sites were redeveloped, what the woodlands look like now and how they serve the local populations that have come to call them their own.