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Publications

We publish a wide range of information in support of sustainable forest management in Britain. Publications are organised by category in the filtered search below. Our catalogue includes the FC publication library and archive as well as Forest Research articles and guidance. More about our publications

Research

You will find information about topics we are currently working on as well as archived material from completed projects. Current topics are what we see as being the key scientific challenges for our sector over the next few years, and details of the types of research we are undertaking in response.

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Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry standards
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry practice
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry research
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry technology
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry statistics
Archive publications
Research themes
Research topic

Public Perceptions of Urban Trees

How do contemporary Great British attitudes to urban trees vary between locality, individuals and communities with different socio-demographic backgrounds? Forest Research aims to investigate this through a rapid evidence review, a national questionnaire and a series of focus groups.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
Climate change series

Factsheet: Climate change and forests

How do woodlands and forests affect the climate?

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
Climate change series

Factsheet: Peatlands, forestry and climate change

This factsheet explains how forestry affects the carbon stored in peat and the role forest-to-bog restoration can play in reducing carbon emissions.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
Climate change series

Factsheet: Climate change and biodiversity

More biodiverse woodlands are better able to resist or adapt to threats, such as climate change. This enhanced resilience supports the continuity of woodlands and the ecosystem services they provide. Biodiversity is the variation at different levels of biological organisation - the genes within a species; the species within a community; and the diversity between communities and ecosystems.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Genetics
Climate change series

Factsheet: Climate change, flooding and forests

Many parts of the UK are periodically affected by flooding and the frequency of floods is expected to increase due to climate change. Tree planting and forest management can alter flood flows, although the extent of this depends on many factors. Here we describe the latest understanding of how forestry can help.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest hydrology
Research topic

Engagement with nature before and during the Covid-19 restrictions

This research aimed to explore people’s engagement with trees and woodlands, as well as wider nature, before and during the Covid-19 restrictions of spring to autumn 2020. There was an increase in social media traffic outlining the benefits of engaging with local nature spaces and a greater awareness of how much people can value and rely on nature to support their wellbeing.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Identifying Opportunities for Woodland Creation in Central Scotland

This research aims to assist those responsible for woodland creation in the Central Scotland Green Network area in identifying landowners and locations which offer the ‘best bets’ for new tree planting. In addition, the research seeks to inform on how communication and outreach can be tailored so as to be more effective.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Peer reviewed papers

Historic Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Great Britain

A study of historic and current urban tree canopy cover in Great Britain using aerial imagery.

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Official publication: Forestry Facts & Figures | FS

Forestry Facts and Figures 2020

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry.

Research topic

Forland Landscape Restoration

The ForLand-Restoration project is developing a forest landscape restoration decision support platform. A collaborative research project funded by Climate-KIC to explore landscape restoration opportunities with stakeholders with the aim of reaching consensus on land use decisions.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services