The Forestry Commission of Great Britain is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain’s forests and woodlands. As custodian of one million hectares of land, including National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the department is the largest land manager in Britain and the biggest provider of outdoor recreation.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain’s forests and woodlands. The department encompasses Forest Research, a world leader in the development of sustainable forestry and Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree related research. The Forestry Commission employs approximately 3,000 people across over 100 sites throughout the UK. Regularly managing long-term, multi-stranded projects, the Forestry Commission recognised that it needed a way to effectively manage projects that involved people from various departments within the organisation and any external stakeholders. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recommended that the Forestry Commission consider the use of Huddle to manage these processes. 

One of the many successful uses of Huddle across the Forestry Commission has been on a funding bid managed by Forest Research. The bid required the engagement of many other parties, including The Woodland Trust, The National Trust, Defra, Tree Advice Trust, Sylva Foundation, Natural England, Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and Imperial College London. All parties needed to feed into documents, managed by Forest Research, to control this effectively the department decided to use Huddle. Thanks to Huddle, Forest Research could manage version control, all parties could quickly read over documents in one central location and email traffic was significantly reduced between organisations. 

Brian Granger, Relationship Manager for the Forestry Commission, who oversaw the Huddle rollout within the organisation comments: “The bid document has now been completed and, while the success of the bid is as yet unknown, putting it together would have been a much harder process without Huddle.”

Huddle is now being used across the Forestry Commission for many similar projects and users of a different collaboration service are currently being migrated to Huddle because of its ease-of-use and sensible pricing model. 

Brian continues: “Huddle has proved to be an invaluable solution within our organisation for the management of complex projects involving multiple organisations. The need for a service like Huddle has existed for some time and thankfully due to Huddle’s pan government IL2 accreditation, it is a service we are able to implement.”

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