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The British Woodlands Survey 2020 (BWS2020), which is supported by the Royal Forestry Society, has been launched and remains open until end June. In this new survey, researchers want to understand awareness, action and aspiration among Britain’s forestry community to environmental change.

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BWS2020 comes five years after the ground-breaking British Woodlands Survey of 2015 which explored the same themes, and this new survey will allow researchers to explore changes over time. The most recent British Woodland Survey (2017) reached those responsible for managing one-fifth of all UK woodland area, and the results have influenced policy and practice at the highest levels. Researchers aim to reach even more people than in previous surveys, especially landowners, land managers, agents, tree nurseries and businesses who have an interest in our trees and forests.

BWS2020 is run by the Sylva Foundation and this year is funded by the Forestry Commission. Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation, Dr Gabriel Hemery, said:

The British Woodland Survey is taken seriously by decision makers among our most influential environmental bodies and organisations. We are always excited by the opportunity the survey provides for working professionals and practitioners to have their say and influence policy and practice.

The survey is supported by the Forestry and Climate Change Working Group whose 15 members include representatives from Confor, Country Land & Business Association, Defra, Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Future Trees Trust, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Natural England, Pryor and Rickett, Royal Forestry Society, Sylva Foundation, Tilhill, Tree Council, Woodland Heritage and Woodland Trust. The results of the survey will help shape the future agenda for this group.

A link to the survey can be found here: www.sylva.org.uk/bws2020 

About the British Woodlands Survey

The last survey, in 2017, was responded to by 1,630 stakeholders representing 645,370ha (one-fifth of all UK woodland area).

BWS2015 (exploring environmental change) was used as key evidence for the need to develop a Climate Change Action Plan by the Forestry Climate Change Working Group in 2018.

BWS2015 was cited as evidence in the government’s Committee on Climate Change 2017 evidence report, for a low level of understanding and action among stakeholders.

BWS2017 was used by FSC-UK to help revise its standards and develop new provision for small woodlands.

The British Woodlands Survey was devised by the Sylva Foundation and is hosted at www.sylva.org.uk/bws .

About the Forestry & Climate Change Working Group

The Forestry Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG) oversees the delivery of the Forestry & Climate Change Action Plan and is supported by 15 member organisations: Confor, Country Land & Business Association, Defra, Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Future Trees Trust, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Natural England, Pryor and Rickett, Royal Forestry Society, Sylva Foundation, Tilhill, Tree Council, Woodland Heritage and Woodland Trust.

The FCCWG is tasked with driving forward The Climate Change Accord which was signed by 35 forestry organisations in 2015. The Group’s report Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation of forests, woods and trees in Englandrecognises that climate change is having far-reaching impacts on the health and resilience of our trees and woods.


The FCCWG is chaired by the CEO of the Royal Forestry Society and hosted on the RFS website here