Forestry policy and practice must be guided by real evidence about what's actually happening in our woodlands – to trees, to soil, to wildlife and with the people who manage them. Sylva designs and carries out original research – often in close collaboration with some of the 40 or so other organisations working in the forestry sector in the UK.
Our work follows five themes:
Conducted and produced by forestry experts Sylva research is independent, inclusive, trusted and unbiased. Our ability to involve the thousands of woodland owners who map and manage their woodlands through Sylva's myForest service means we're able to discover not only the current challenges facing our woodlands but also the attitudes and activities of the people who care for them.
Our research projects currently include;
The Sylva Research Library contains reports from all our projects as well as papers and articles in which Sylva foresters have been involved. We are proud to be associated with the Global Forest Information Service, through which our publications are promoted to the worldwide forestry community.
"Sylva Foundation is close to woodland owners, has expertise in forestry and really understands the science. That's a unique blend of skills." Professor Kathy Willis, Director, Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford