Forest Management: Certification
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As part of the requirements of the UKWAS 3.1 (November 2006 - Amended version 2012) woodland owners / managers must take efforts to make local people and relevant organisations aware of the fact that particular woodlands or forests are being evaluated for certification, and allow a period of at least 30 days for public response before that woodland is certified.
Scottish Woodlands Ltd carry out a formal pre-assessment of all woodlands being considered for inclusion in our Group certification scheme. In response to the above requirement for public consultation, all woodlands currently being evaluated for certification via the Scottish Woodlands Ltd scheme will be listed in the Group Scheme Public Consultation list (see link below) for a minimum period of 30 days prior to certification. In addition, and as per section 7.1.1 of the revised UKWAS, local offices may utilize further methods of making local people aware - such as the use of signs in or at the entrances to candidate woodlands, information in local newspapers and local shops, and/or letters to neighbouring owners and interested parties.