Delivery Plan for improving the Consideration and Approval of Forestry Planting Proposals
A delivery (implementation) plan to streamline the tree planting process in Scotland was announced on 10 February 2017 by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing. The plan contained a package of measures to drive forward and speed up the tree planting process, including:
- Speeding up processes for woodland creation applications and for grant approvals by revising existing processes and guidance. New initiatives include developing a scheme to appoint accredited, experienced agents to help certify some woodland planting schemes;
- Improving promotional material and training for staff to improve the delivery of information and training;
- Reviewing criteria and establishing a specialist team to deal with complex proposals and;
- Working with interested local authorities to explore the potential for a large scale, multi-owner woodland creation project.
A delivery group, comprising key stakeholders and advisers provided external expertise and advice on the implementation of the proposals, and helped to ensure the actions delivered the desired outcomes.
Key achievements on the progress on the review of forestry planting approval procedures were reported in June 2017. These achievements were in response to the analysis of current arrangements and delivery plan subsequently developed and included an updated review of progress submitted by Jim Mackinnon CBE in May 2017.
Completion of the Mackinnon review project
The Mackinnon review project was completed in January 2018 and a total of 21 recommendations are now being implemented.