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Forestry strategy

We published Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 in February 2019. The Strategy presents our 50-year vision for Scotland’s forests and woodlands, and provides a 10-year framework for action.

It sets out our long-term approach to expanding, protecting and enhancing Scotland’s forests and woodlands, so that they deliver greater economic, social and environmental benefits to Scotland’s people, now and in the future. The publication of the strategy fulfils a Programme for Government 2018–2019 commitment.


Between September and November 2018, we held a public consultation on a draft strategy. Our aim was to gather views on its contents, particularly the vision, objectives, priorities and policies proposed.

See consultation responses and analysis on the consultation hub page

In parallel with the statutory consultation process, Young Scot hosted an online survey on their Young Scot Rewards platform on our behalf, to help better understand young people’s awareness of, and perspectives on forestry, as well as its benefits. Analysis of the survey results will also be available on the consultation hub in due course.

We published Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029: report on the consultation process, which outlines our approach to consultation and explains how the views expressed during the consultation process helped inform the final content and structure of the Strategy.

Impact assessments

We undertook the following impact assessments for Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029:

•    equality impact assessment (including a Fairer Scotland assessment)
•    business and regulatory impact assessment
•    strategic environmental assessment


For more information on the forestry strategy, contact forestry.strategy@forestry.gov.scot