© FSC UKSmall woods matter
Small woods matter – they matter in the UK, and they matter all around the world. FSC is dedicated to the responsible management of the world’s forests, but we know that we need to do more to enable small woodland owners and communities to access the benefits of FSC certification. That’s why FSC UK is embarking on an ambitious project to push the limits of FSC certification for small woods, in the hope that we will learn lessons which will be valuable not only here in the UK but throughout the global FSC system – and we need your help.
A bit of context
FSC UK commissioned a number of questions on FSC certification in the 2017 British Woodlands Survey; you can read about the results in the May/June edition of our Forest Matters e-magazine. A surprisingly large number of respondents, owning or managing surprisingly small woodlands, said that they would potentially be interested in FSC certification. Asked what would attract them to certification, 35 % of respondents wanted a reduction in paperwork, 31 % wanted simpler standard requirements, and 27 % wanted to see lower costs.
What are smallholders?
The FSC definition of smallholders includes small forest producers and local communities; it encompasses forests held by local communities, small woodlots and plantations, and forests managed for low-intensity wood and non-wood harvesting.