£20,280 Average salary at age 20
£27,560 Average Salary
57 Average hours per week


Forestry workers perform a variety of tasks related to the planting, cultivation and protection of trees.

Main Tasks

  • Prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris;
  • Drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary;
  • Collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling;
  • Fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths;
  • Cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary;
  • Assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife;
  • Builds and maintains forest roads;
  • Maintains watch for fires and operates fire fighting equipment.


There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by short courses covering specialised skills. NVQs/SVQs in Forestry are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.

UK Prospects

6700 Workforce Size
0.86% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
918 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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