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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.

Implementation Plan

We have published Scotland’s Forestry Strategy Implementation Plan 2020-22. The plan was prepared before the Scottish Government declared a national health emergency on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The plan was developed with input from a fixed-life stakeholder reference group.

The Scottish Government is making the Implementation Plan available, as much of the information provides a baseline for the initial delivery of Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 objectives. Priority will be given to the actions that best support the forest sector restart and respond to the coronavirus emergency – see the Covid-19 Forestry Sector Restart and Resilience Plan. The two-year implementation plan will be kept under review and discussions will be held with delivery organisations regarding the scheduling of associated actions.


Scottish Ministers are required to report delivery of the Forestry Strategy to the Scottish Parliament every three years. The first report is due by the end of 2022.


Scottish Forestry is leading on the co-ordination of the delivery, monitoring and reporting of the implementation plan and Strategy. For more information contact:

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