This toolbox aims to assist forest and woodland managers when preparing for public engagement, and when considering which tools they could use to include people in planning forest or woodland design, management and the provision of services and activities.
There is no single right way in which to involve people in planning decisions; people and their needs vary from place to place and, in addition, every forest and woodland is unique and capable of delivering a range of benefits to people to a greater or lesser extent. The toolbox helps users identify for themselves whom to involve, which tools to use, when to use the tools, and what resources will be needed. At each stage there is a need to judge which tools are most appropriate and how to apply them so that the best public involvement process can be designed to suit the particular circumstances. The goal should be to make decisions that will deliver the range of benefits needed by people, which are consistent with sustainable forest management.