Free Advice for Woodland Owners
If you own an area of woodland in the south-east region of England, and it is without a management plan, you could benefit from free one-to-one professional forestry advice.

Landowners are increasingly aware of the threats from climate change, pests and diseases, but are also aware of opportunities to provide services from woodlands they manage, such as carbon sequestration and water management. In future, grant payments or other types of support are likely to be available only to those with an approved woodland management plan.

Thanks to innovation funding provided by the Forestry Commission, the environmental and forestry charity Sylva Foundation is collaborating with a group of forestry agents in the Forestry Canopy Foundation to offer free support to 50 landowners across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, and West Sussex. To be eligible, the woodland site (0.5ha or larger) must be without a management plan that is compliant with the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS).

You will receive support in completing a self-assessment of the current state of management in the woodland.
You will receive a free consultation with a professional forestry agent to help you meet your objectives.
The consultation will set you on a path to completing a UKFS-compliant woodland management plan.

Please complete this form to submit an expression of interest.

Email *
First Name *
Last Name *
Telephone *
Woodland Property Name *
Woodland Location *
What is the size of your woodland property? *
Do you have a management plan for your woodland? *
Note: the UKFS refers to the UK Forestry Standard. If the plan has been approved by the Forestry Commission, then it will be UKFS-compliant. Woodland that has been certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS), either FSC or PEFC-UK, will also be UKFS-compliant.
About your woodland *
Please tell us some interesting facts about your woodland. For example, do you know the main tree species? Does it have any interesting ecological or historical interest? How many years have you owned it?
Data Protection *
I understand and agree that by completing and submitting this form my data will be shared with Sylva Foundation which will store and manage your personal data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and its own Privacy Notice (
Data Sharing *
I understand and agree that if I am invited to receive free woodland management advice, then the data I provide in this form will be shared with the Forestry Canopy Foundation who will assign a forestry agent to enable him/her to provide advice under this project. Your data will not be shared with any other parties.
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