First introduced in 1998, the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) outlines the context for forestry, sets out the approach of the UK governments to sustainable forest management, defines standards and requirements, and provides a basis for regulation and monitoring.
The standard is reviewed every five years and an updated version is due to be published in late 2022. As part of the re-drafting stage of the current review, a second consultation is expected to be launched this spring. The Institute has been invited to respond to ensure a well-informed review and we will share a link to the consultation as soon as it has been launched.
In the meantime, members may be interested in reading the last three stakeholder information notes from 2021:Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Autumn 2021
Launched in November 2021, our UKFS training series delivered by the Forestry Commission provides an in-depth look at the standard with eight webinars covering biodiversity, climate change, historic environment, landscape, people, soils and water.