Forest Enterprise was the agency set up in 1996 to manage the nation’s forest estate. It ceased to exist as a single agency on March 31 2003 when three new agencies were created – one each for England, Scotland and Wales.
On 1 April 2004 Forest Enterprise Wales was wound up as an executive agency and reabsorbed back into the Forestry Commission. Responsibility for the management of the public forest estate, and delivery of forest operations on FC managed land, passed to Forestry Commission Wales.
The agencies in England and Scotland take their direction from their respective country governments but their basic remit is to provide environmental, social and economic benefits from the forests they manage. The head offices of the two agencies are in Bristol and Inverness. Local offices carry out the work on the ground.