We undertake a wide range of research to support our objectives of protecting and expanding Britain's forests and woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. These objectives support government policies of sustainable forest management and are expressed in The UK Forestry Standard and its supporting series of Guidelines.
The Forestry Commission Science and Innovation Strategy sets out how research programmes are determined and how they are linked to national forestry strategies and wider government policy. The Strategy is regularly reviewed and as part of the evidence base for the current edition, an Impact Evaluation of Research commissioned under the previous strategy was carried out (to which the Forestry Commission responded). The current strategy was published in March 2014 after an extensive consultation exercise.
Advice on the implementation of the Strategy is provided by an independent Expert Committee on Forest Science.
The Forestry Commission is a member of the Living With Environmental Change partnership and is involved in other similar research co-ordination bodies, for example the Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment & Rural Affairs Science in Scotland (CAMERAS). Membership of these organisations is designed to improve the co-ordination of research within the UK, avoid the duplication of research activities, and ensure that programmes of research are cost effective and appropriate to the current context.
Reports of commissioned research are published under the relevant programmes or as formal publications in the Research Report and Research Note series available from our publications catalogue. Progress on research programmes is published in an annual report.
The Forestry Commission agency Forest Research is the principal organisation in Britain involved in forest and tree-related research and the main contractor undertaking research programmes for the Forestry Commission.
An external, independent review of science quality at Forest Research was undertaken in December 2011.Last updated: 03/13/2014