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.
The UKWAS standard is owned by a company called “United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS)”. The company is independent, limited by guarantee and controlled by Members on a not-for-profit basis. The company is registered in Scotland: registration number SC199337.
“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”.
‘United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard’ and ‘UKWAS’ are registered trademarks.