Andrew Price, BSc, MICFor, MPhil

Research Forester


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 6980

Mortimer Forest Office
Whitcliffe, Ludlow
Shropshire SY8 2HD

Andrew studied forestry at Bangor University from 1994-97 and was employed as a private Forest Manager in the Scottish Highlands before working as a Planner for Forestry Commission Wales from 2003-06. He transferred to Forest Research Technical Services Unit in 2006 and has worked for the Tree & Wood Properties Programme since 2012.

Current role

Operational planning. Tree and wood properties research.

Andrew is interested in determining the economic potential of emerging, minor and secondary species in terms of structural timber quality and volume recovery. His current work involves the identification of suitable stands of study trees, arranging for data collection, felling, extraction and haulage, undertaking physical and mechanical wood testing and interpretive analysis.

He also maintains the FR business systems for Quality Assurance and Environmental Management and provides technical advice on Waste Management to the Forestry Commission.

Current projects

Andrew is currently studying the effects on the wood properties of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce respaced to different stocking densities and has recently undertaken a review of the site and environmental factors associated with shake in oak.

Affiliations and responsibilities

  • Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Internal Auditor: ISO14001, British Standards Institution (January 2010).

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Price, A., Hapca, A., Gardiner, B., Macdonald, E. and Mclean, P (2017). Assessing the stem straightness of trees. Technical Note FCTN021. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 6p

Price, A.J.E. (2016). Waste Management. Operational Guidance Booklet 35. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 101p.

Price, A.J.E. (2016). Wastes Directory. Operational Guidance Booklet 35a. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 72 p.

Price, A.J.E. (2015). Shake in oak: an evidence review. Research report. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 28pp.

Price, A.J.E. and Macdonald, E. (2013). Timber from larch trees infected by Phytophthora ramorum: options for harvesting and storage. Internal report to FC Scotland. 27 pp.

Robson, D., Macdonald, E., Newman, G., Price, A.J.E., Hilton, G., Molteno, S.,  Lawrence, A. and Mason, A. (2013). Developing an Evidence Base for Furthering the Use of English Wood Products in a Range of Markets. Report to Defra.

Price, A.J.E. & Savill, P. (2013). Acoustic velocity measurements of oak - do these assist in detecting shaken stems? Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 107 (3), pp.192-196.

Price, A.J.E. & Macdonald, E. (2012). Growing Birch in Scotland for Higher Quality Timber. Internal report to FC Scotland. 26 pp.

Mayhead, G.J & Price, A.J.E. (1998). The Effect of Cultural Treatments on the Growth and Form of Young Sessile Oak. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 92 (2), pp.125-130.