Forest cover and forest cover pattern data by JRC

The EU-JRC forest branch provides various forest cover maps and forest cover pattern maps for download. All data sets can be downloaded for Europe for different years:

http://forest.jrc.ec.europa.eu/download/data/

Additionally, various related software packages are provided such as Guidos or some educational tools to visualize BRDF: http://forest.jrc.ec.europa.eu/download/software