This page provides additional information to help you prepare your proposal.
- Should you need assistance please contact your local Forestry Commission Scotland conservancy office
The following Woodland Improvement Grant options are open to new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements:
- RP22701 Woodland Improvement Grant - Long Term Forest Planning
- RP22703 Woodland Improvement Grant - Woodland habitats and species - Only for woodland activities on designated sites.
- RP22704 Woodland Improvement Grant - Restructuring Regeneration
- RP22705 Woodland Improvement Grant - Non-woodland habitats - Only for woodland activities on designated sites.
See Briefing Note 9 (PDF) for details
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.
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.