History & Awards


Our story so far..

Hill Holt Wood was purchased by Nigel and Karen Lowthrop in 1995. It was in poor condition with invasive rhododendron, a damaged drainage system and the majority of the quality timber removed by the previous owners.

Nigel and Karen had a vision for the woodland, and in 1997 the Hill Holt Wood Management Committee was established as a link between the owners and the surrounding community. Initially representing four parishes this developed over the following five years to eleven parishes with a population totalling in excess if 10,000.   In 2002 the Volunteer Board of Directors took control and Hill Holt Wood, the social enterprise was born 

HHW has become increasingly well known at both a regional and national level due to effective networking and partnership working, as well as word of mouth. There is a growing awareness amongst environmental and educational professionals that this type of project crosses a range of government policy areas.  

The role of social enterprises in rural development and rural diversification is becoming an issue of increasing interest. The government sees social enterprises as a way of providing public goods.

Hill Holt Wood started life over 300 years ago. Now, in the 21st Century, Hill Holt Wood is a thriving community project with visitors from all over Europe.


  • 2018

    Gold Caring2Learn Award

    Awarded to Hill Holt Wood for their commitment to improving learning outcomes for Looked after Children

  • 2017

    Royal Forestry Society Gold Award for Excellence

    Education and Learning Award for The Study Programme

  • 2017

    Britain In Bloom Judges Award & Best Voluntary Group

    For Lollycocks Nature Reserve

  • 2016

    North Kesteven District Council Community Business Award

    For extensive engagement in the provision of community resources and facilities and support of a range of community projects.

  • 2016

    EBP Investors In Education Award 

    Awarded for our contribution to the  Lincoln Construction Week

  • 2016

    Lincolnshire Energy Awards Sustainable Construction Company of the Year

    Awarded to Design HHW for being committed to sustainable construction

  • 2011

    Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year. Regional winner Karen Lowthrop

    For showing drive and innovation in starting and growing companies in challenging economic conditions

  • 2011

    The Royal Forestry Society, Excellence in Forestry Awards.

    Community Forestry Award 1st Prize

  • 2009

    The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire award. Awarded to Karen Lowthrop

    For creating additional social value, reinvesting profits to innovate and enhance their service offer and creating jobs and opportunities for people and communities

  • 2009

    Green Apple Awards 

    Housing Associations Green Apple Award For The Built Environment

    Green Champion 2009

    Green Apple Champion of Champions Award 2009

  • 2006

    Lord Stafford Award For Innovation In Sustainability

    For its thriving business that created 28 jobs and developed a new learning model for young people not in mainstream education

  • 2006

    Lincolnshire & Rutland Business award

    For exceptional work with young people 

Hill Holt Wood

Come and see what's going on at your local woodland, we are open to the public every day (subject to Covid restrictions). Hill Holt Wood is located just off the south-bound A46 dual-carriageway between Lincoln and Newark.

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Phone: 01636 892 836

Registered Charity: 1119915

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