The first edition of the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard was developed by a multi-stakeholder partnership in 1999.

In 2002, the stakeholders established an independent not-for-profit company to own and manage the UKWAS standard on their behalf.

The company is ‘United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS)’ and its objects are:

“to own, interpret, develop and promote a certification standard for forest management in the United Kingdom on behalf of United Kingdom forestry and environmental communities, and bodies which represent the interests of people working in woods and forests or using them for the purpose of recreation, for the general benefit of people”.

The company is managed by its Members on a not-for-profit basis.

UKWAS Members appoint a broadly based Steering Group which has responsibility for interpreting the standard and ensuring its periodic revision to take account of experience from its application and any new information that may arise.

The terms ‘United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard’ and ‘UKWAS’ are protected as registered trademarks.