Due to Covid-19, we have reduced personnel at the offices of the Sylva Foundation and our premises at the Sylva Wood Centre. Emails and phone messages are being checked but please allow a little longer than usual to receive a response.
Please do not arrange a formal visit without first checking with us. Members of the public are free to enjoy our network of permitted paths through the Future Forest as usual.

Commissioned research

We undertake commissioned research for those who share our objectives, particularly where the outcomes also support our work as an environmental charity. Our wide reach in the forestry sector, particular among private woodland owners, together with our respected independent status, gives us a unique platform to gather and disseminate information for your needs.

Research has been commissioned by a wide range of organisations and government bodies including Forestry Commission England, Confederation of Forest Industries, Confederation of European Forest Owners, and the UK inter-agency Policy Group. Work undertaken includes desk studies, literature reviews, concept development and testing, original research, and report writing.

One major research project currently underway is the development of a web-based mapping tool that aims to, where possible, overcome market failures which have resulted in the degradation of natural capital and associated ecosystem services. Funded by Life+, and in partnership with Oxford University, NaturEtrade aims to enable investors of ecosystem services to form contracts with landowners to ensure continued provision of these valuable services.

Some examples of commissioned reports include:

  • Action Plan for climate change adaptation in England
  • Use and transfer of forest reproductive material in England in the context of climate change
  • Prospects for the market supply of wood and other forest products from areas with fragmented forest-ownership structures: England case study
  • Gatwick Diamond woodfuel supply chain

Please contact us to discuss your needs.