Help shape the future of forestry

posted on September 4, 2017

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Devolution, pests & pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change, societal attitudes . . . these are just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands, those who care for them, and those who rely on their products and services.

Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part in Britain’s only dedicated national survey about our woodlands and forestry: the British Woodlands Survey 2017.

The last BWS, which focussed on environmental change, represented 11% of all privately-owned forest land in Britain with 1500 stakeholders taking part in the survey. This year we are asking questions around priority themes already suggested by some 400 stakeholders, plus themes of specific interest to England, Scotland and Wales.

BWS has a proven record of working with important forestry organisations in Britain to provide a solid evidence base that influences decision-making, and contributes to policy. If you are a woodland owner or manager, farmer, land agent, professional forester or forestry/wood business, please take part and help shape the future of forestry.

Take the survey or read more at: sylva.org.uk/bws2017

The survey is open until the end September.

BWS2017 is led by researchers from Forest Research, Sylva Foundation, University of Oxford and Woodland Trust. Funding for BWS2017 is provided by Scottish Forestry Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Woodland Trust.

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  1. Ran through the survey trying to answer it as a committee member responsible for a woodland jointly owned by residents. A lot of the answers didn’t quite fit and had a strong “traditional forestry” slant. I felt I was having to pick the nearest answer even when it didn’t exactly match our situation.

    I suppose as community woodlands in the broadest sense are a minor part of the sector this may not matter but it’s likely to put off others in this sector contributing to the survey.

    Comment by Wilma Harper — September 5, 2017 @ 8:31 am

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