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Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill

The Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 10 May 2017. It provides the legislative framework to enable delivery of a package of other policy initiatives that the Scottish Government is introducing to increase forestry’s contribution to the Scottish Ministers’ economic, environmental and social ambitions.

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

  • Improve accountability, transparency and policy alignment by transferring powers and duties of the Forestry Commissioners to make Scottish Ministers fully accountable for Forestry in Scotland.
  • Bring a modern approach to practices and policies: new legislative framework to support and regulate forestry replacing the outdated Forestry Act 1967 in Scotland, reflecting modern practices and policies
  • Make more effective use of Scotland’s public land including greater flexibility in the use of the National Forest Estate


The Bill and accompanying documents have been published by the Scottish Parliament and all appropriate impact assessments have been carried out.

Information sheets on the contents and process of the Bill in addition to a comparison between current and new organisational arrangements in Scotland have been produced to clarify the process of forestry devolution. 

If you require further information please contact futureforestry@gov.scot.