Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both our rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and improve people’s quality of life and well-being.
The Scottish Government has committed to developing a Forestry Strategy for Scotland, to set out a long-term vision for Scottish forestry within the context of our wider land use aspirations. This is in line with the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 which commences on 1 April, 2019. The Act requires Ministers to have regard to the forestry strategy when exercising their forestry functions and makes provisions for what must be included in the strategy and how it must be prepared (including consultation requirements), reviewed and reported on.
Have your say on Scotland’s Forestry Strategy
The draft strategy for consultation underpins the Scottish Government’s ambitions for forestry and has sustainable forest management at its core. It builds on and modernises the approach undertaken in previous forestry strategies, providing a 10-year framework for action to help achieve a 50-year vision for Scotland’s woodlands and forests. You can access the consultation here.