The community forest in Israel is the green entirety of the local authority and its surroundings, which provides its residents with quality of life and has a social, environmental, and economic contribution to the community and the local authority. The community forest is a recreation space that is accessible and free for everyone, which offers a connection to nature, heritage, community, and place.
KKL-JNF sees the community forest as a driving force for city and community renewal. A community forest is a full and mutual partnership with the residents of the community and the local authority in creating a long-term vision, designing the uses, in establishing and organizing community activity, and in maintenance.
The community forest meets the needs of a growing group in the Israeli public, which identifies a connection between the quality of life and positive relationships in the community, a green environment, and the emotional connection to the place they live in, as a reaction to the pressure and tension of modern life.
These qualities are not only accessible to rich people who are able to buy themselves a house with a big yard and a well-maintained garden. The adjacent forest can and must be the ample shared yard of all the residents. The forest is not the end of the city, but the natural continuation of the personal and family space of each resident. It is not just a place to visit at weekends and on holidays - the forest is a natural (pun intended) continuation of everyday life. At any given moment you can go outside to the additional space that is available to the residents, for calm, to think, to create, to meet, for music, for a meal, to talk, to listen, for a hike.