Procurement at Forestry Commission

The Procurement team is responsible for sourcing the Forestry Commission’s requirements, supporting contract management and managing contract terms and suppliers.

As a public sector body, the Procurement team ensures that the Forestry Commission complies with the UK Public Contracts Regulations (2015).

The team supports both internal colleagues and external suppliers through the procurement procedures to ensure value for money and to facilitate good working practices with the market.

We do not deal with timber sales or payment of invoices.

How to sell to us

The procurement team sources requirements through competitive routes wherever possible and where required by public procurement regulations. We do this using either our own procedures or third party Frameworks where available as a more efficient alternative.

Third-party providers we commonly use are the Crown Commercial Service and ESPO – you should contact them directly should you want to seek more information on gaining a place on one of their frameworks:

When using its own procedures the team follows these guidelines:

  • under £25K - requirements are sought using a quotation process from selected suppliers in the market
  • £25K - £181K - requirements are sought using a tendering process and, if advertised, will be available on Contracts Finder - details of how to apply will be advised on the Contract Notice on Contracts Finder
  • over £181K - requirements are sought via an EU Tender procedure and will be advertised on Contracts Finder and in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) - the Delta eSourcing portal will be used for suppliers to apply

E-Tender System and Contracts Finder

For some requirements above £25K and all tenders above £181K we currently use a E-Tendering system. This is an online facility where suppliers can apply directly and submit their tenders. If the portal is being used for a tender, a code will be given in the Contract Notice on Contracts Finder and the OJEU Notice, which will enable access to tender documentation once you’ve registered.

You may register for our E-Tender system here:

Access further instructions on how to register on the portal E Tender System Guide (MS Powerpoint Presentation, 2.68MB)

Contracts Finders is run by the UK Government and advertises opportunities across the public sector. You can find any current opportunities for the Forestry Commission or any other applicable public body by using the search facility.

Ongoing opportunities

Planting and Maintenance in the West England District

We have a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) in place to source suppliers for planting and subsequent maintenance (including beating up and chemical weed control), throughout the West England Forest District. This DPS allows us to hold mini-competitions for work as and when required against a pre-qualified pool of suppliers. Typically we will hold these competitions prior to the forthcoming planting season although we may run competitions at any point. Suppliers can apply to join the DPS at any point during its lifetime. This DPS will run for 4 years.

Find out more about the Forest Replanting, Protection and Maintenance Development opportunity.

Terms and conditions

All tenders and quotations are sought on the basis of the Forestry Commission’s terms and conditions of contract. Suppliers must accept these in order to participate.

Access the Forestry Commissions terms and conditions

For contracts advertised on or after 26 January 2016, the following terms and conditions apply:

contract for consultancy services (PDF, 184KB, 22 pages)

services (non operational) (PDF, 181KB, 22 pages)

goods (and any related services) (PDF, 191KB, 23 pages)

operational services (PDF, 187KB, 23 pages)

For contracts advertised on or before the 25 January 2016, the following terms and conditions apply:

consultancy services pre 2016 (PDF, 98.4KB, 20 pages)

services (non operational) pre 2016 (PDF, 95.5KB, 19 pages)

goods (and any related services) pre 2016 (PDF, 103KB, 21 pages)

operational services pre 2016 (PDF, 104KB, 21 pages)

harvesting services pre 2016 (PDF, 110KB, 22 pages)

haulage services pre 2016 (PDF, 109KB, 22 pages)

Payment terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice.

Prompt Payment

Procurement Policy Note – Prompt Payment Policy and Reporting of Performance

Contact Procurement at the Forestry Commission

Please email the team at:

We do not routinely respond to general marketing and sales emails due to the volume of correspondence we receive.