charitable object: promoting and conducting research for the public benefit about effective sustainable forest management and the dissemination of the useful results of such research

We believe that best forestry practise and policy should be guided by strong evidence. Our science programme sets out to gather such evidence and where necessary, undertake new scientific research to advance knowledge. Our work follows five themes:

  1. woodland condition and silviculture
  2. environmental change
  3. woodland ownership motivations and information
  4. natural resource economics
  5. strategic and cross-cutting evidence and analysis

Our main activities currently include running a forestry think-tank, supporting a scholarship at the University of Oxford, conducting a programme of research in collaboration with research institutions to support evidence-based decision making, helping secure a future for ash trees, and developing a trading platform that connects landowners and business in innovative ways of paying for ecosystem services.

our science activities