Research and development
Our research, surveys and related scientific services address the social, economic and environmental components of sustainable forestry in a multifunctional landscape. We focus on providing new knowledge and practical solutions based on high quality science.
Our research provides understanding, policy advice and guidelines on implementation of best practice and includes:
- Increasing biodiversity, landscape and recreational benefits of woodland
- Protection of GB woodlands from pests and diseases
- Genetic conservation and tree improvement
- Method studies
- Climate change impacts and environmental monitoring.
We conduct this research within individual, but often related programmes, for the Forestry Commission, European Union (EU) and other clients both in the UK and abroad. These programmes are grouped under a number of over-arching themes and encompass a broad range of scientific and technical disciplines.
- Research programmes by theme
- Alphabetical list of our research
- Details of our EU research programmes
We also work closely with the Forestry Commission, the EU Commission and other international organisations to ensure compliance with international agreements on the sustainable management of forests and related subjects.
The Advisory Committee on Forestry Research provides guidance for Forest Research and the Forestry Commission on the quality and direction of our research.
Products and services
From our research and development programmes we have, and continue to, developed a broad portfolio of forestry related products and services, ranging from laboratory services to computer-based applications and models, including:
- A wide selection of technical forestry and environmental publications
- Consultancy, advisory and diagnostic services
- Product and operational practice evaluations
- Library and photographic services
- Surveys and inventories
- Technical support
- Decision support tools.