The new UK Forestry Standard will help strike the “right balance” between the economic, social and environment benefits of forestry, according to forestry minister Jim Paice.

The standard can also be used as part of a system to provide the necessary evidence of the legal and sustainable management of home-grown timber and so ensure that owners can maintain access to timber markets and can take advantage of new markets for woodfuel.

The document, which applies to all woodland, ensures sustainable forest management is robustly applied in the UK. It spells out all the requirements of sustainable forest management and what they mean in practice.

For the first time it includes principles of forest management for carbon benefits.