UK Forestry Standard front coverThe UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) is the national reference standard for managing our forests to meet needs now without hindering future generations from meeting theirs.

The UKFS recognises Scotland’s forests have a range of objectives: environmental, economic and social. It defines standards and requirements, provides a basis for regulation and monitoring and sets guidelines for sustainable forest management.

The UKFS and its guidelines are endorsed by all national and devolved Governments within the UK.

Work has begun on reviewing the current UKFS. A review takes place every five years and the aim is to update and publish the next version by the end of 2022. The review is overseen by a Project Board made up of representatives from the four UK administrations, and is co-ordinated by Scottish Forestry. Stakeholder engagement and consultation is an important element of the review. A UK stakeholder reference group has been established to support the countries in developing an updated Standard, ensuring it is relevant and appropriate across the UK. For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To inform the review, an initial assessment of the Standard’s current technical content has been undertaken by specialists from the country forestry authorities and administrations, Forest Research and external reviewers. The assessment found that once updated to reflect improvements in scientific knowledge, developments in international approaches, and new or amended legislation, the majority of the content would remain relevant. The assessment also identified a series of significant cross-cutting themes that are relevant across the Standard and across the UK, and where further developments could be considered. These themes form the basis of the targeted consultation which runs from 29 June to 10 August 2021. This consultation is part of a two stage approach and a second consultation seeking opinion on updated detailed content is planned for spring 2022. As it is a technical consultation it is targeted at organisations that are familiar with the content and purpose of the UKFS, and not the general public. Further details are given on the information note here.

*Please note that ‘Scottish Forestry’ replaces any references to ‘Forestry Commission Scotland’ in the UK Forestry Standard and its supporting documents. The new Agency was established on 1 April 2019. References to FC Scotland will be updated during future revisions.