British Woodlands Survey 2017

The team behind the next major survey about our woodlands - launching in June 2017 - wants to hear from anyone with an interest in shaping the future of forestry in the UK. This is an opportunity for you to shape the fourth in a series of important national surveys, which will contribute to the development of forestry policy and practice in the UK.

Adopting a novel approach, the researchers have invited participants to suggest important themes the survey should address. This "360-degree" research approach will also permit stakeholders to help interpret the findings of the survey before the final report is published at the end of 2017.

Your participation is welcome in all or any of the following phases:

Phase 1 - Help shape the survey by suggesting priorities. September 2016.

Phase 2 - Attend a workshop to agree final themes & priorities. February 2017.

Phase 3 - Advisory Committee convened to help shape questions under the main themes. May 2017.

Phase 4 - Contribute to the survey. June 2017.

Phase 5 - Help review findings. September 2017.

Phase 1 is complete, thanks to all participants. 250+ people responded online.

Phase 2 is complete. We finalised a set of eight main themes for the survey at UK level, plus themes specific to England, Scotland and Wales. These were agreed through a series of workshops with 45 stakeholders in an iterative process adopting the Delphi method.


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