This page provides additional information to help you prepare your proposal.
- Should you need assistance please contact your local Forestry Commission Scotland conservancy office.
UK Forestry Standard
Ongoing approval process flowchart
Since 4th April 2011, new rules apply for Forest Plans. Where a Forest Plan is required as part of the eligibility criteria for a grant then a Forest Plan is only required for woodland areas over 100 hectares.
For woodland areas less than 100 hectares you will need a simpler Management Plan. Download the Management Plan template (MS Word 139k).
Information on scoping and how to prepare your forest plan:
Strategic Forest Plans – Applicant’s Guidance (PDF 1.4Mb)
Forest Plan examples
Examples showing show the standard expected in a completed Forest Plan:
Basic crop data is required for all Forest Plans. This will contribute to the private sector timber production forecast. Use this spreadsheet to give your data:
- Production Forecast Spreadsheet (MS Excel, 50k)
- Production Forecast Spreadsheet user guide (PDF 131k)
The latest guidance “Achieving diversity in Scotland’s forest landscapes” offers advice and ideas to forest managers from which they may select to meet their management objectives and that are appropriate for their particular forest.
Download a copy of the booklet here.
SMF Restructuring Felling and WIG Restructuring Regeneration Options
There is a cut-off date of 4th April 2012, beyond which you must have an approved Forest Plan for woodland areas over 100 hectares to be able to apply for these two options. Transitional arrangements since 4th April 2011.
New rules also apply to woodland areas less than 100 hectares.
Key species conservation
These notes describe how to use the range of SRDP options available to support the conservation of key species, focussing on woodlands and adjacent areas.
Species Action Notes
Notes that summarise the action to help conserve six key woodland species in Scotland, both in private woodlands and on the national forest estate.
See the Species Action Note page.