Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Forestry trade associations

Trade Associations and Business Support Organisations for Forestry sector.

Northern Ireland

Forest Service Northern Ireland

Forest Service is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Royal Forestry Society (RFS)

RFS is an education charity promoting sound management of woods in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.


National Parks

National Parks UK is a network of 15 national parks and their respective authorities, two of which are in Scotland.

Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS)

The RSFS is a charity that focuses on education and conservation with regards to Scotland's woodlands.

Scottish Working Woods (SWW)

SWW is a quality assurance scheme that has been set up to represent businesses producing goods with a significant component of materials derived from Scottish woodlands.

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Arboricultural Association

The Arboricultural Association is a group that represents amenity tree care professionals in the UK.

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

BALI is an industry group that represents the UK's landscaping sector.

Community Woodlands Association

Community Woodlands Association is the direct representative body of Scotland's community woodland groups.

Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor)

Confor is an industry group that works on behalf of those who own forests and who work in forestry or with wood and forest products.

Forestry Service Northern Ireland

Forest Service is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. They work to help sustainably develop NI's forestry sector.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS)

FCS is the Scottish Government's forestry directorate and is responsible for promoting the sustainable management of trees, woods and forests across Scotland.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation that works to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.

Forestry Contracting Association

The Forestry Contracting Association is an industry group that works on behalf of the UK's forestry and wood related industries.

Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

HTA is an industry group that represents the UK's garden industry.

Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)

ICF is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK. They also regulate the standards of entry to forestry and arboriculture and offer professional qualifications.

Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects in the UK.

Small Woods Association

Small Woods Association is a charity that works to promote the sustainable management of the UK's small woods.

Tree Council

The Tree Council is a charity that looks to promote tree planting.

Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is a tree conservation charity. They aim to protect existing woodland, restore neglected woodland and encourage the planting of new areas of woodland.

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