Get Involved

The UK Woodland Assurance Standard is managed by a multi-stakeholder partnership. Membership is open to organisations representing stakeholder groups and associate membership is open directly to stakeholders. All stakeholders are invited to contribute to the five-yearly revision process.

Partnership is central to the UKWAS spirit. Our standards are developed on a consensus basis through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process: the launch of the standard in 1999 was a landmark event for forestry in the UK that cemented a strong and enduring partnership between the organisations and individuals involved.

Associate Members

Join us

Full membership of UKWAS is open to organisations representing any part of the full spectrum of interests of the UK’s forestry, environmental and social communities including those who work in woodlands or use them for recreation.

To find out more about becoming a member of UKWAS please contact the UKWAS Support Unit.

An important group of stakeholders does not meet the criteria for full membership. Therefore, an Associate Member category was established in 2007 to extend the inclusive nature of the UKWAS partnership; it is open to stakeholders such as commercial enterprises (e.g. forest management companies, wood-processing companies, certification bodies, retailers and traders), societies and woodland initiatives.

Help us develop standards

The UKWAS standard is revised every five years by means of a three-year revision process.

Member organisations’ steering group representatives manage the revision process and a smaller drafting sub-group undertakes detailed work. Those wishing to contribute should contact a relevant member organisation in the first instance.

All stakeholders are invited to participate in the revision by way of public consultations. There are three distinct phases and three opportunities for stakeholders to make input.

The standard-setting process is reviewed prior to each revision to ensure continued alignment with FSC and PEFC processes.

From time to time a task group is established to consider a particular topic and those with relevant expertise are welcome to participate.