FC Wales welcomes Auditor General’s ‘marked progress’ verdict

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Forestry Commission Wales (FC Wales) has welcomed the findings in a Wales Audit Office report that highlighted “marked progress” made by the organisation across a range of areas in recent years.

FC Wales has made significant progress in addressing a need to provide a clearer corporate direction and developed clear and appropriate priorities, said the report published today (Thursday, 17 January) by the Auditor General for Wales.

The findings show that FC Wales’s clear strategic priorities are well supported by a stronger corporate culture where staff appear united around a clearly understood corporate direction and have a greater understanding of their role in delivering the organisation’s objectives.

The report examined whether FC Wales had effectively implemented the recommendations outlined in a previous Wales Audit Office report from 2008, Operations of the Forestry Commission Wales.

Today’s report found that FC Wales had improved its core processes such as procurement and managing grants and risks, and was also making good progress in meeting the expectations of its commercial timber customers.

FC Wales Director Trefor Owen said, “I welcome this end of term report that recognises the significant business and delivery achievements by FC Wales’s loyal and hard working staff since 2008.

“As a learning organisation we aim to put in place a number of the improvements needed before FC Wales’s duties transfer to the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales on 1 April 2013.”

The Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, Emyr Roberts, said, “This is a very useful and timely report that will help Natural Resources Wales build on FC Wales’s  good work and realise further business improvements.” 

Caption: A Welsh forest scene.


A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf. It regulates forestry in Wales (including issuing licences for felling and replanting) and supports the Welsh Government in delivering its grant scheme to encourage woodland creation and more sustainable woodland management in the private sector.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

The Auditor General and the auditors he appoints in local government are the independent statutory external auditors of most of the Welsh public sector. They are responsible for the annual audit of the majority of public money spent in Wales, including the £14 billion of funds that are voted to Wales annually by the Westminster Parliament.

The Wales Audit Office mission is to promote improvement, so that people in Wales benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money. It is also committed to identify and spreading good practice across the Welsh public sector.

Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email