Woodland Star Rating is a self-assessment scheme based on the UK Forestry Standard* (UKFS).
The scheme aims to make more people aware of the UKFS, encourage sustainable forest management in all woodlands, and promote greater understanding of good woodland stewardship among the general public. We hope it acts as a stepping stone to the production of a UKFS-compliant management plan, and for those owners with an existing plan, that it helps them communicate the standard of their stewardship to others.
* The UKFS sets out requirements and guidelines for good woodland stewardship.
Woodland Star Rating is a self-assessment scheme designed to help people understand the best approach to woodland management. The scheme is based on the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)1.
We hope the Woodland Star Rating scheme will:
The scheme uses a light-touch approach that enables woodland owners to get a feel for what the UKFS means for the stewardship of their woodland. The Woodland Star Rating encourages woodland owners to advance their own stewardship standards and provides a step-by–step basis for moving towards a woodland management plan.
1. The UK Forestry Standard sets out requirements and guidelines for good woodland stewardship:www.forestry.gov.uk/ukfs
Woodland Star Rating version 1.1
Woodland Star Rating operates as a self-assessment scheme; it is not an assurance scheme.
It is does not function as a management plan. All woodland operations must comply with the UKFS legal requirements.