Forest Research provides research, development and associated services to a wide range of customers, including:
- Forestry Commission (FC) in England, Scotland and Wales
- Other UK government Departments (notably: the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Natural England; the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC); the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government)
- UK Government Agencies (including: the Environment Agency; the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA),
- European Commission, notably Directorate-General (DG) Research
- The Research Councils (including: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC))
- Research institutes, such as The James Hutton Institute (formerly the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and the Scottish Crop Research Institute)
- Forestry sector businesses (including UPM Tilhilll and James Jones Limited)
- The Energy Technologies Institute
- Environmental consultancies, such as HR Wallingford
- Charitable organisations; and
- Many Universities, both in the UK and worldwide..
Our contracts are won by open competition, in response to calls for research tenders and requests for consultancy. If you wish to commission work from us, please get in touch, and we will be pleased to discuss your needs. All of our work is covered by legal contracts with the funder(s).
A great deal of our work is multidisciplinary in nature. It is delivered at a number of different scales (from projects at European and national scale, to projects focusing on small parcels of land, for example a forest stand). Most importantly, our work involves a great deal of partnership working, with other researchers, policy teams, land owners and citizens.
Research for the Forestry Commission
Our core work for the Forestry Commission supports the forestry strategies for England, Scotland and Wales. Forestry Commission's Science and Innovation Strategy (PDF-308K) sets out how Forestry Commission funded research programmes are determined and how they are linked to forestry strategies and the wider policy objectives of UK Government and the devolved administrations.
To provide up-to-date advice for Britain, we keep a close eye on the global picture. Many of our programmes involve international collaborations and we are active in several major European Union research programmes.