About Forestry Horizons

Forestry Horizons was conceived by Sir Martin Wood and Dr Gabriel Hemery in 2006. Initially established as a project of the Oxford Trust, the project was transferred to the Sylva Foundation in 2009, and it now constitures a part of Sylva's Science programme.

Forestry Horizons is the UK's only dedicated and independent forestry think-tank.


We undertake independent strategic research and support applied research aiming to foster sustainable forest management. We make all our research work freely available as far as we are able. Some peer-review papers may only be accessible via direct subscription with the publisher. Our research database is linked to the Global Forest Information Service.

Activities - some highlights

  • Technical co-ordinator for the Institute of Chartered Foresters' 2008 National Conference on forest carbon.
  • Leading role in EU COST Action E42 concerning the growing of valuable broadleaves. Co-ordinated and edited the Final Report for 100 scientists from 25 countries.
  • Completed several consultation research reports with our partner BioRegional concerning woodfuel resource estimatation and planning.
  • Two research contract reports for UK Government Organisations - for Forest Research and for the UK Land Use Policy Group.
  • Central role in the T10Q project and supervision of a DPhil student at the University of Oxford studying the use and application of evidence-based policy in forestry.
  • Co-ordinated and edited Proceedings for national conferences of the Institute of Chartered Foresters: 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • Published over 25 reports and papers in the last three years.

If you are interested in discussing new research or collaboration concepts with us, please contact us using the form below.

People & Collaborations

Forestry Horizons is led by Sylva's Chief Executive Dr Gabriel Hemery CEnv FICFor, and supported by Alistair Yeomans MICFor, our Chief Operating Officer. Much of the research undertaken is in collaboration with other individuals and organisations. We believe this leads to strong and effective research.

Collaborations have included:

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