How to obtain information
Forest Research is the research agency of the Forestry Commission and we try to ensure that all our research is featured on our website. If you are having difficulty finding what you are looking for you then using the web site map or searching for a publication might help.
Information on certain popular topics can be obtained from the following links:
- Reporting or trying to identify a tree disease or pest
- Visiting or working in a forest
- Statistics about forests or woodlands in GB
- The national forest inventory and maps
For all other research enquiries you can request information:
- In writing, including fax or email to:
- One of our research stations, field stations or regional offices
- Or a specific member of staff
- By email to our general address for enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Using our Information Request online form
- By email to one of our Research Liaison Officers (RLOs):
- By phone, or in person if you find that easier.
If you know which of our offices holds the information you seek, please get in touch with that office direct.
If you are unsure:
- Use our Information Request online form
- Or email email@example.com
- Or contact our Alice Holt Research Station or Northern Research Station.
If your request is not in writing, we may write to you to confirm your request.
We aim to deal with your request as fully and promptly as we can and certainly within the timetables set out by any supporting legislation.
Help us to help you
We aim to deal with your request as fully and promptly as possible. You can help us to do this by:
- Ensuring your contact details are complete and accurate helps us respond promptly.
- Provide us with all the contact routes that you can. For example, home and mobile telephone contact numbers, or fax numbers, can greatly speed up the process if we need to get in touch with you.
- If you are applying in handwriting, please ensure your request is as legible as possible. This helps us to provide you with exactly what you want without having to seek clarification.
- Paint us as complete a picture of the information you seek as possible. Dates, locations, postcodes, even grid references, can help us to pinpoint documents. If you have an idea where we might store or process the information that helps too.
- You don’t have to tell us why you seek information but it might help us to ensure you get what you want.
- Let us know your preference for receiving the information. If we can provide it in a way that best meets your needs we will try to do so.
- If you think the provision of information might incur a charge please let us know if you have a cost limit in mind. We will try to help you manage the request so that it comes within your budget.
We will, as far as is reasonable and practicable, provide help and advice on asking for information.
Our policy is to be as open with information as we can and you should find a wealth of information on this website and on the Forestry Commission website.
You can also look at the Forestry Commission publication scheme to see what information we routinely publish and how to access it.
In addition, legislation provides you with rights to unpublished information that we hold:
- Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you may request information from us and be told whether or not the we hold that information and if so, to have that information communicated to you.
- The Data Protection Act 1998, gives you the right to find out what information, including personnel information, is held about you on computer and in some paper records.
- The Environmental Information Regulations establish an access regime which allows you to request environmental information from us.
You do not need to know which law gives you the right to know. We will look at all valid requests for information, gather the material together, and respond. The presumption is that we will disclose information unless it is exempt under the laws and regulations designed to protect other rights of individuals and society. If we are withholding information we will explain why.
If you require further information regarding the Forestry Commission's information policy or publication scheme please contact:
231 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh EH12 7AT
Tel: 0131 314 6443