Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, is asking forest harvesting machinery owners and operators to complete its forest machinery census - and provide valuable data about the current state of the harvesting resource in England, Scotland and Wales.
The survey, seeks to understand the nature, size and capability of the harvesting resource throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
The survey, which is anonymous, will inform better targeting of research and training and other support to the forestry sector. The last such survey took place in 2001 but considerable progress has been made since then in the scale and sophistication of forest machinery.
The harvesting sector has undergone a great deal of change since the last survey was done, updating our insight about the forest machinery in use today will help us to gauge the strength of the sector and its ability to meet future needs throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Please, anyone who owns or operates forest harvesting machinery spend a few minutes doing the survey and pass this onto your contractors so they can take part as well.
Survey is at the following link: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/machinecensus2017 and will run until February 2017.