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.