Forestry Commission logo

Background to The UK Forestry Standard

The UK Forest Standard was first published in 1998 (2nd edition 2004, 3rd edition 2011).

The proposal to update the third edition of the Standard and its supporting Guidelines was  agreed by the government forestry ministers for the UK and England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2015. The update is designed to consolidate and extend the life of the Standard by a light-touch review that will:

  • update relevant legislation and other regulatory requirements;
  • update organisational details and mandates of the forestry authorities (e.g. NRW replacing the Forestry Commission in Wales);
  • reflect key policy changes arising from the increased devolution of forestry;
  • incorporate recent developments in international agreements, and the way forestry activity is monitored and reported;
  • incorporate recent advances in the scientific understanding of forestry;
  • further strengthen the role of forest planning.

The production of the 4th edition was overseen by a Steering Group comprising forestry policy leads from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, chaired by Forestry Commission Cross-border services, and informed by the advice of an external reference group of sector representatives.

Last updated: 6th July 2017