Forestry Commission issues Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16

< See all news & events

Forestry Commission issues Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16

The Forestry Commission has released its Annual Report and Accounts 2015-2016.

The publication - available here - includes audited financial statements, which comply with statutory regulations, as well as the audit report. 

It also features recent projects, researches and key actions developed in 7 main areas:

  • Acute oak decline research
  • Urban tree canopies and ecosystem services
  • Using long-term experiments to guide future forestry
  • Evaluating the impact of Grow Wild
  • Ash trees resistant to Chalara
  • Eradication of the Asian longhorn beetle
  • Release of improved wind risk management tool

Major results achieved by the Commission include:

  • The allocation of £14.2m Rural Development Programme funding to woodland creation enabling landowners to plant 1,329 ha of new woodland through Countryside Stewardship
  • The launch of a four-year science programme under the Science and Innovation Strategy for Forestry in Great Britain (SIS) aimed to provide the context and framework for interdisciplinary research on the UK forestry sector
  • The publication of a study into the incorporation of biodiversity into the modelling of rotation length

Forestry Commission Chair Sir Harry Studholme said: "Our work to protect trees from pests, diseases, illegal felling and the effects of climate change this year has included vital monitoring, regulation and communication both locally and nationally. At cross-border level our Plant Health Service has joined the ‘One Government at the Border’ project to help monitor the movement of goods between countries, with a particular focus on monitoring wood packaging from Asia."

Mr Studholme added: "As we look to 2016-17 we will continue in our mission to protect, improve and expand our woodlands in the context of the wider Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) strategy – Creating a Great Place for Living. Striving for a cleaner, healthier environment, a thriving rural economy and a nation better protected against flood and plant diseases is at our heart, and we will work with others to achieve this."

For more information, visit


[News URL:]