Thursday, July 9, 2020
EST 2019

About is the digital news channel of Forestry Times Newspaper – one of the most famous and trusted international news brands in the world.

Forestry Times covers forestry, environmental, timber and arboriculture industries around the world without fear or favour and we base our journalism on the following principles:

We get the big stories

We get them first

We fight for our readers 

We don’t betray the trust our readers place in us

Since 2019 we have been proud to serve our region and our readers and we have built our reputation as a strong campaigning newspaper.

We are based in, and committed to, Newcastle where our staff ply their trade. 

How our journalists work

Ethics policy

The maintenance of high editorial standards is at the core of the Forestry Times business philosophy.

Forestry Times, the FTR parent company, is a member of and is regulated by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Our journalists work according to The Editors’ Code of Practice, which sets the benchmark for ethical standards in journalism and is enforced by IPSO. On joining the Forestry Times all editorial staff complete a training course in the Code and legal refresher training.

At the Forestry Times, we recognise that protecting the rights of the individual consistently comes into conflict with the public’s right to know. This means we have to make difficult judgements, sometimes quickly, which are impossible to get right all of the time. Regular bulletins and seminars give staff the best opportunity to learn from mistakes, whether our own or those of other parts of the media industry.

We are a partner of The Trust Project, an international initiative to make it easier for readers to find out more about the organisations and the people providing them with news, and to support quality journalism.

Verification and fact checking

We expect our staff to use their best endeavours to verify the stories being put forward for publication.

Unnamed sources

Journalists have an obligation under IPSO’s Editors’ Code of Practice to protect their sources, but we also have a duty to establish that the sources we use are reliable and that material has been appropriately obtained. Story provenance is ultimately the responsibility of the Editor.

When using unnamed sources, the company relies on the integrity, experience and professionalism of its staff.

Our awards and successes

Forestry Times is a multi-award-winning title and many of its journalists have won awards for their individual work.

Corrections Policy

If you believe a story we have published is inaccurate, please contact the editorial team. You can:

Once verified, we will correct the story on the website as soon as possible. Where appropriate, the fact a correction has been made will be noted on the story and/or on the corrections and clarifications page.

If you have an issue about how the Forestry Times or any of our print titles has written about you personally or has treated you and wish to make a formal complaint over a potential breach of the Editor’s Code of Practice, please see Reach PLC’s Complaints Policy and Procedure.

You can also contact IPSO for advice.

Tell us what you think

There are many ways for you to get in touch with us to have your say.

  • Got a story? Contact us
  • Have more information about the story you are reading? Contact the journalist (click on their name at the top of the story to find their contact details)
  • Leave a comment on a story to give your opinion, join the conversation or add your expertise
  • Vote in a poll
  • Message us on Facebook or Twitter

Our People

Editor in chief: Ben Potter 

Digital Editor: Judith Breslin

Print Editor: Sue Lane

Regional Managing Editor: Chris Hills

Diversity Policy

The Company is committed to increasing the service quality, profitability and efficiency of the Company by attracting and recruiting the people who are best suited to meet the standards for the role and the Company without regard to race, creed, colour, nationality (subject to legal eligibility), ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sex change, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.

We pursue a policy of equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.

Equal Opportunities

Forestry Times continued its commitment to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices to ensure we attract and retain the best people. In 2016, both the number of women within the Group and the number of women occupying senior managerial roles increased to 42% of staff (2020: 37%) and 31% (2019: 24%) respectively. Senior managers have responsibility for key businesses or functions within the Group.