Guidance for woodland owners and managers

Sometimes it's hard to see the wood for the trees, which is where Natural Resources Wales's forestry guidance may be invaluable. We will keep working to make these pages better and to keep them up to date.

Guidelines and best practice

UK Forestry Standard, guidelines, best practice guidance and supplementary publications – please follow the links below to find all the information you will need about what constitutes sustainable forestry practice in the UK.

Tree health and biosecurity

Please follow the links below to find information about tree health and the situation in Wales.

Woodlands and the environment

Follow the links below to see our guidance on securing improved environmental outcomes in forestry matters.

Planning for the future

Follow the links below to find guidance on choosing tree species, silvicultural systems, genetic diversity and conservation measures as well as information about improving the resilience of your woodland in a changing climate.

Woodlands for people

The links below will provide guidance on managing woodlands with a view to ensuring benefits for the community.

New woodlands and the Woodland Carbon Code

Please follow the links below for more information if you are thinking of planting a new woodland.

Contact us

If you would like to contact the Sustainable Forest Management Team in Natural Resources Wales you can send your enquiry to 

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