Applicants' Focus Group

The Applicants' Focus Group provides advice to the Forestry Commission and helps shape operational practice.

Terms of Reference and operation


The objectives of the Applicants’ Focus Group are to advise the Forestry Commission on:

  1. on the management and development of woodland grant schemes and regulations, on grants and regulations administration systems in England, and on regional work with the private sector (such as outreach and partnerships)

  2. the implications of government and EU-driven policy and practice changes for the forestry and woodlands sector

The group may also address other related topics.

Membership criteria

Membership reflects broad customer and stakeholder interests in forestry policy delivery and the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

Current membership

Community Forests
Confederation of Forest Industries UK (Confor)
Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
Horticultural Trades Association
Institute of Chartered Foresters
Local Government
National Farmers Union (NFU)
Royal Forestry Society
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Small Woods Association
South West Applicants Focus Group and Woodland Management Companies
Wildlife and Countryside Link (RSPB and Woodland Trust)

Frequency of meetings

The Applicants’ Focus Group meets 4 times a year, alternating between meetings in person and teleconferences. There may be additional AFG+ meetings to discuss issues of particular interest.

AFG+ meetings may involve wider consultation exercises or subgroups looking at specific issues, so attendance may be expanded through regional nominations.


For previous minutes, email

Members’ expenses and claims

The Forestry Commission pays travel expenses for members whose costs of attendance are not supported by their employers. Public appointment criteria prevent payment of an attendance fee.

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