Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to all forestresearch.gov.uk domains.

Our websites are run by Forest Research. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and other sites in our portfolio.

To ensure this happens, the main website has been built using government guidelines and specific standards. That means that all core information is easily accessible by:

  • people with older systems or browsers
  • people with a slow internet connection
  • people with various abilities

The standards used mean that:

  • all core information is text based
  • the information is in web standard formats (e.g. html and pdf)
  • all file sizes are as small as possible
  • pages are structured
  • all text should be easily read
  • the navigation is clear and easy to use
  • any plug-ins required are available for free
  • the site will still be useable with images turned off
  • the site should look the same on different systems and browsers

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Our websites are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the exemptions listed below.

Barriers to accessibility

Although we are striving to reach AA level of accessibility which should ensure that most people with most technologies will be able to access our website and information, some areas will not meet the required criteria. Mostly they are legacy areas and websites and documents, such as our older PDF documents. Some areas rely on particular technologies such as mapping. In those areas we are aiming at providing the user with alternative ways to obtain the information if they cannot access it via the website.

Some websites such as Right Trees For a Changing Climate and Forest Research Decision Support Tools Portal v2.0 (forestdss.org.uk) are legacy online databases and we are working on a plan to make their content and information fully accessible.

Accessibility of Tree Alert is part of a wider programme of development and will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility our websites. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements,  please contact us, or get in touch with our Communications team.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 2018. It was last reviewed on 14 July 2021.

This website was last tested on 1 March 2021. The test was carried out by Rowe IT.

You can read the full accessibility test report and our actions  (PDF 442KB)