How you can get involved

Blandford Forest, Dorset sky (© FSC UK / E. Parker)© FSC UK / E. ParkerThere are two main ways to get involved in this project; as a member of a small group developing the standard, or as a member of a much larger consultative forum.

The standard will be developed by a group of six people, with two representing social interests, two representing environmental interests, and two representing economic interests. We’re looking for people who understand issues surrounding management of small woodlands, who can represent not only their own views but also the views of others with similar interests, who can work together constructively, and who can bring fresh perspectives to the certification of small woodlands in the UK. We’re particularly keen to see owners of small woodlands well represented.

If you think you have what it takes to contribute to this group, you should read the full, formal terms of reference.These will tell you exactly what you’re signing up for. It won’t be a trivial commitment; we envisage intensive periods of face-to-face meetings, correspondence and conference calls at several points over the next year and a half. But you will have a unique opportunity to be involved firsthand in a completely new approach to FSC standard development. And FSC UK will cover the travel costs associated with meetings.

The selection of standard development group members will be made by the project Steering Group, made up of FSC UK Board members. Any applicants who are not successful will automatically be included in the consultative forum.

The standard development process will include two rounds of a public consultation and a forest test. Anyone in the consultative forum will be contacted directly whenever there are opportunities to feed into the process by commenting on drafts, providing evidence or sharing views. It’s vitally important that we have input from individuals and organisations representing a wide range of interests; see the box below.

Stakeholder Interests

Stakeholder InterestsAbove and beyond this project, we remain open to any practicable suggestions for improving access to certification, or for developing greater incentives for and benefits from certification for smallholders, recognising their unique role in responsible forest management.

Get Stuck In

To get involved, please contact Owen Davies at by 29 June, clearly stating:

  • Whether you’re interested in being a standard development group or consultative forum member,
  • Whether you’re applying on your own behalf or on behalf of an organisation, and
  • What stakeholder interests you represent; see the box.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do get in touch with Owen.

What Happens Next?

Forest Flowers (© FSC UK / C. Denford)© FSC UK / C. DenfordThe project Steering Group will meet to select standard development group members in early July. Successful applicants will then be asked to commit to the terms of reference, and to attend an initial meeting in early August. Consultative forum members will be kept informed of progress throughout the project.

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