Freedom of Information

We aim to be as open with information as we can and you should find a wealth of information on this website.

You are able to request information held by Forest Research under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The Data Protection Act 2018 gives you the right to find out what personal information the Forest Research holds about you. This is known as a subject access request.

You do not need to know which law or regulation your request should be made under, we will review all valid requests for information, gather the material together, and provide you with a full response. The presumption is that we will disclose information unless it is exempt under the laws and regulations. If we decide to withholding information we will explain why.

Providing help and advice 

We will, as far as is reasonable and practicable, provide help and advice on asking for information.

Requesting information

You can find guidance on how to submit an information request to a public body on GOV.uk.

Submitting your request

Please submit your request through our Contact us form

We aim to deal with your request as fully and as quickly as we can and certainly within the timetables set out in the appropriate legislation or regulations.

More about information requests

The FC Personal Information Charter sets out how we handle personal information and how you can address any concerns that you might have.

Complaints about how your request has been handled can be made to the Forestry Commission.  You also have a right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The Forestry Commission Publication Scheme details the information we routinely publish and how to access it.