British Woodlands Survey 2017

BWS2017 is now closed. Thank you to the 1706 stakeholders who took part, representing more than 28% in area of all privately-owned woodland in Britain. This was a superb response. We aim to publish our main report in December.


Researchers leading the latest national survey about British woodlands and those who care for them, encourage anyone with an interest in shaping the future of forestry to take part. This is the fourth in a series of important national surveys, which contribute to the development of forestry policy and practice in the UK.

For the 2017 survey we have adopted a novel approach, which we've called '360-degree' research, whereby participants have suggested the themes of the survey, and can help by interpreting findings.

Your participation is welcome in all or any of the following phases:

Phase 1 - Help shape the survey by suggesting priority themes: September 2016.

Phase 2 - Attend a workshop to agree final themes & priorities: February 2017.

Phase 3 - Advisory Group made up of cross-section of stakeholder help design survey: May 2017

Phase 4 - Contribute to the survey (and help promote it to others): July - September 2017.

Phase 5 - Help review findings: October - November 2017.


Phases I-IV are now complete, thanks to the 1706 participants. We are now analysing the data before sharing main findings with workshop participants during Phase V.

360-degree research method of BWS2017


BWS2017 is led by researchers from Forest Research, Sylva Foundation, University of Oxford and Woodland Trust. Funding is provided by Scottish Forestry Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Woodland Trust.