Over three hundred woodland owners have completed a self-assessment of their woodland using the Woodland Star Rating.
The Woodland Star Rating was developed to encourage sustainable forest management in all woodlands, and promote greater understanding of good woodland stewardship among the general public. It is a self-assessment scheme based on the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS). It was developed by the Sylva Foundation as part of the B&Q Good Woods project, with the support of BioRegional, B&Q, Lantern and others in the forestry sector.
If you are a woodland owner or an agent, the scheme is freely available on the myForest website.
Using the Woodland Star Rating scheme
- Create a woodland owner account on myForest.
- Start mapping your woodland with the GIS tools that myForest provides.
- Click on the “star rating” tab on your account home page.
- Detail what you are doing in your woodland by answering the questions.
- Submit your assessment and download your certificate.
The Good Woods project is a novel project aiming to breathe new life into UK woodlands. The project—a joint initiative between DIY giant B&Q, sustainability charity BioRegional and forestry charity The Sylva Foundation—will revive woodlands to provide environmental, social and economic benefits.