Please download the survey results here – FOREST COMMUNICATION IN THE UK SURVEY November 12th
The survey was only open for 1 week in the end. We received 225 responses.
Whilst the survey was placed on the Landscape Juice Network forum, as well as the Arbtalk forum, (and of course here), it gained most response from twitter, using the hash tags #saveourforests and #IYF2011. This was therefore a somewhat targeted audience, an audience either seeking forest and tree information and / or involved in the industry.
However the responses are interesting and the comments tow the same line has mentioned here and elsewhere, which is general shift in perception from a couple of years ago and one the NGOs need to keep an eye on in my opinion.
For me I was particularly buoyed up by the over whelming interest in pests, diseases and non native invasive species – as well as comments re climate change and many stating the need to sort this issue out before turning to other issues.
The other really interesting fact is that it is clear that members of the general public are using practitioner forums to get hold of information.
We have not finished a proper analysis as yet and I will post this up together with what we intend to use the survey results for later on.
One thing is absolutely clear, the Forestry Commission website is still far and away the most essential tool or online resource in the UK.