We are supporting the maintenance and growth of Scotland's forests and forestry industry, so that we may continue to enjoy the benefits they bring to our economy, environment, climate and wellbeing.

Two executive agencies of the Scottish Government deliver forestry and land management functions:

  • Scottish Forestry, which is responsible for regulatory, policy, support and grant-giving forestry functions
  • Forestry and Land Scotland, which is responsible for managing the Scottish Ministers' land known as the National Forest Estate


We worked with the Forestry Commission to deliver the forestry devolution programme, which involved:


Forestry contributes £1 billion per year to the Scottish economy and supports more than 25,000 jobs.

Scottish Ministers are committed to delivering economic, social and environmental benefits through forestry in Scotland.

Woodland ownership

On 1 December 2020 estimates for different ownership types of woodland across Great Britain, including Scotland, were published.

We published key data relating to woodland ownership in Scotland in January 2021.

Devolution of forestry

We completed the devolution of forestry to Scotland on 1 April 2019. 

We published Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 in February 2019. 

We produced a report setting out the administrative arrangements for the devolution of Forestry in March 2019. 

Bills and legislation

The Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 makes new provisions regarding Scottish Ministers’ functions in relation to forestry. 

Background information about the passage of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill can be found in our website archive. 

More information on forestry legislation as part of the devolution of Forestry is in our forestry devolution resource list. 


For enquiries regarding regulatory, policy, support and grant-giving forestry functions:

Email: Scottish.Forestry@forestry.gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 067 6555


Scottish Forestry
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT

For enquiries regarding management of the National Forest Estate:

Email: enquiries@forestryandland.gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 067 6000


Forestry and Land Scotland
1 Highlander Way
Inverness Business Park
Inverness IV2 7GB

For enquiries regarding the forestry strategy:

Email: forestry.strategy@forestry.gov.scot


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