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UK forestry standard

The UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) is the reference standard for sustainable forest management in the United Kingdom.

The UKFS was first published in 1998 and has been recently updated.  Supported by its series of guidelines, the UKFS:

  • outlines the context for forestry in the UK
  • sets out the approach of the UK Governments to sustainable forest management
  • defines standards and requirements
  • provides a basis for regulation and monitoring.

The groundbreaking Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 set a new framework for Wales’ long-term well-being and the sustainable management of its natural resources to help secure a prosperous economy, a healthy and resilient environment and vibrant, cohesive communities. 

Aligned to this framework, the UKFS supports sustainable forestry management and creation and demonstrates to our international partners in Europe and beyond that Welsh woodlands and forests are managed in a way that meets our international commitments to sustainability.      

Practising sustainable forestry means managing our forests in a way that meets our needs at present, but not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. They will rightly expect that their forests and woodlands offer at least the same benefits and opportunities as we enjoy today.  

At the heart of the UKFS approach is the importance of balancing the environmental, economic and social benefits of forests. They recognise that our forests serve a wide range of objectives. All of our woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales (external link) are certified under the UKFS.