This page provides access to various publications published by the Forest Service of Northern Ireland.
Annual reports and business plans
Current and previous annual reports and business plans from the Forest Service are available from the following links:
Plant health publications
Forest Service plays a key role in protecting the health of Northen Ireland's forests from planting, maintenance, useage, harvesting and movement. Below you will find relevant information for download or perusal.
- Woodland establishment tips
- Guide to planting trees close to overhead electricity lines
- Plant health contingency plan 2012
- Options for Forestry 2004
- A strategy for sustainable growth
- Public opinion of forestry
- Recreation strategy 2009
Policy and legislation
- Forest Service - Framework document
- The Forestry Act 2010
- The Forestry (2010 Act) (Commencement No. 1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2010
- The Forestry (2010 Act) (Commencement No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013
- The Forestry (2010 Act) (Commencement No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013
- A delivery plan for the implementation of the Forestry Act (Northern Ireland) 2010
- Afforestation - the DANI statement on environmental policy
- Economic appraisal of forest policy
- Fees and charges operational strategy for the provision of recreational services
- Timber customer charter 2012
- Native woodlands definitions and guidance
- Forestry statistics
- Northern Ireland Forest Service A History by C.S. Kilpatrick
Forests visitor survey 2014
A forest visitor survey has recently been published indicating approximately 4.7 million visits to Forest Service woodlands annually.
The survey was carried out by an independent research company and also includes findings on visitor profiles, site satisfaction and economic value of forest visits.
UK Forestry Standard
The UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) is the reference standard for sustainable forest management in the UK. The UKFS, supported by its series of Guidelines, outlines the context for forestry in the UK, sets out the approach of the UK governments to sustainable forest management, defines standards and requirements, and provides a basis for regulation and monitoring. The 4th edition of the UKFS was published in July 2017.