The British Woodlands Survey 2020 (BWS2020) has been launched

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

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 which Future Trees Trust are members alongside representatives from Confor, Country Land & Business Association, Defra, Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Tilhill, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Natural England, Pryor and Rickett, Royal Forestry Society, Sylva Foundation, Tree Council, Woodland Heritage and Woodland Trust.

Jo Clark, Head of Research Forestry at Future Trees Trust said: “Future Trees Trust welcomes the 2020 British Woodland Survey and encourages everyone to participate. Results provided by the BWS provide evidence to help change policy to reflect woodland owners and managers priorities and can help influence the research agenda.”

The results of the survey will help shape the future agenda for this group. A link to the survey can be found here:

British Woodlands Survey 2020

Posted on the 22nd April 2020 at 12:09pm