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This summary provides an overview of Forest Research’s seven core programmes, their main work areas, and contact points for those wishing to seek further information or explore collaboration.  Each programme will be developing knowledge exchange and impact plans under the guidance of our newly appointed research impact coordinator.

The Science and Innovation Strategy for forestry in Great Britain (PDF available here from the Welsh Government website), published in autumn 2020, provides a clear cross-border statement of research and evidence needed to underpin future sustainable management and expansion of woodlands and forests.  Four strategic outcomes are identified and engagement with stakeholders led to the identification of seven key themes with subsidiary areas of research interest for each.

Forest Research was asked to propose a set of new research programmes, building on recent progress, to address these seven new themes.  These programmes provide a framework for core research by FR, a springboard for further collaboration and partnership, and a stimulus to enhanced stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange.  Much of the work will draw on skills from across the scientific disciplines present in FR and be interdisciplinary in nature.  Progress in several broad themes such as remote sensing, woodland creation, and carbon and other greenhouse gas fluxes, will be the focus of cross-programme working as the breadth of activity cannot be bounded within a single programme.

We look forward to working with stakeholders in each of the countries to develop the programmes of work and engaging with them in ensuring the research and evidence delivers impact.