Help shape the future of forestry

Take part in the British Woodlands Survey 2017

Devolution, pests & pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change, societal attitudes . . . just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands, those who care for them, and those who rely on their products and services. Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part in Britain’s only dedicated national survey about our woodlands and forestry: the British Woodlands Survey 2017.

The last BWS, which focussed on environmental change, represented 11% of all privately-owned forest land in Britain with thousands of stakeholders taking part. This year we are asking questions around priority themes already suggested by hundreds of stakeholders, plus themes of specific interest to England, Scotland and Wales.

BWS has a proven record of accomplishment influencing decision-making, and helping to develop policy. If you are a woodland owner or manager, agent, professional forester or forestry/wood business, please take part and help shape the future of forestry.

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We developed the British Woodlands Survey to provide a voice to the thousands of woodland owners and forestry professionals in Britain, with the aim of influencing the development of policy, practice and research which is fit-for-purpose.
Dr Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive, Sylva Foundation

The British Woodlands Survey (BWS) is a series of surveys undertaken to gather evidence about the nations’ woodlands and those who care for them. BWS is co-ordinated by the Sylva Foundation with support from multiple partners across the forestry sector. The first BWS was conducted in 2012, intended as a baseline against which data from future major surveys can be compared. BWS2012 itself built upon an important series of surveys undertaken by the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge since 1963. Read more: