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The Scottish forestry sector is worth £1 billion annually, supports 25,000 jobs and is at the heart of many rural communities: as such it contributes significantly to the economic growth and wellbeing of Scotland. The Scottish Government recognises the economic, social and environmental benefits already delivered by forestry in Scotland and is committed to ensuring that forestry can deliver more in the future.

Recent work includes completing devolution and streamlining grant processes.

Forestry strategy and policy is set by Scottish Ministers. The Scottish Ministers’ National Forest Estate (NFE) which accounts for around one third of forest and woodland cover in Scotland is currently managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) on behalf of the Scottish Ministers for the benefit of the people of Scotland. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) who serve as the forestry directorate of the Scottish Government, are responsible for delivering policy, advice, regulation and grants and advising and implementing forestry policy. FCS are guided by the Scottish Government's Scottish Forestry Strategy, which sets out the vision for forestry.


Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament

The Forestry and Land Manangement (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 10 May 2017.

The policy aims of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill are to deliver:

  • Improved accountability, transparency and policy alignment

  • A modernised legislative framework

  • More effective use of Scotland’s publicly owned land

The Bill and accompanying documents have been published by the Scottish Parliament and more information can be found in the completing devolution section.


New organisational structures announced

New organisational structures for forestry were announced on 11 May 2017 by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing. The new structures will be:

  • A new executive agency based on the existing Forest Enterprise Scotland:Forest and Land Scotland. This agency will focus initially on management and development of our National Forest Estate and has potential to take on a wider land management role

  • A dedicated Forestry Division, previously Forestry Commission Scotland, within the Scottish Government to lead on forestry policy, advice, regulation and grants