This page provides our key policy documents and links to further details where appropriate. Policies are grouped as follows:
- Scottish Forestry Strategy and Implementation Plan
- Environment and Climate Change
- Business Development
Environment and climate change
Describes what the Commission will do to increase the contribution and response of Scottish forestry to the challenges of climate change.
Describes the policy direction for decisions on woodland removal in Scotland.
- Download the policy on control of woodland removal (PDF 1.9Mb)
- Read more about the policy on control of woodland removal.
The Rationale for Woodland Expansion lays out the Scottish Government’s thinking on how woodland expansion can best increase the delivery of public benefits from Scotland's land.
- Download the Scottish Government's Rationale for Woodland Expansion (PDF 555k)
- Read more about the Scottish Government's Rationale for Woodland Expansion.
Provides guidance to planning authorities on preparing new forestry and woodland strategies to guide woodland expansion, and on how to integrate forestry and woodlands into new development plans.
- Download The Right Tree in the Right Place - planning for forestry and woodlands (PDF 1.7Mb)
- Read more about planning for forestry and woodlands.
Summarises our current work to enhance or conserve biodiversity, by managing the national forest estate and encouraging good practice and conservation projects in private woodlands.
- Download Woods for Nature: our biodiversity programme 2008-2011 (PDF 4Mb)
- Read more about Scotland's forests and biodiversity.
Outlines how the forestry sector can tap into Scotland's rich cultural heritage and help develop historic sites - including designed landscapes and ancient woodlands.
- Download Scotland's woodlands and the historic environment (PDF 5.2Mb)
- Read more about Scotland's woodlands and the historic environment
Read details of our commitment to working with communities.
The Recreation Framework document sets out the vision, priorities and focus for action for access, recreation, and tourism on the national forest estate.
- Download the Forests for People recreation framework document (PDF 3.8Mb)
- The recreation framework page has more details as well
as information about the sustainable development of mountain biking, and the profile of forest visitors.
The WIAT programme provides the focus for Forestry Commission Scotland's work on improving quality of life in towns and cities.
Woods for Health demonstrates Forestry Commission Scotland's commitment to health improvement.
The Timber Development Programme (TDP) is a £1million initiative which aims to deliver 60 tasks between 2008 and 2011 through a series of partnerships between the forestry and research sectors.
- Download the Timber Development Programme document (PDF 667k)
Outlines how responsible and sustainable management of products such as berries, lichens, fruits nuts and fungi could bring substantial benefits to rural communities, small businesses and landowners.
- Download the Non-timber forest products policy (PDF 639k)
Supporting Business Development strategy
This document provides a strategic framework for supporting business development on the Forestry Commission Scotland estate, and for stimulating wider economic development in the Scottish forest industries.
- Download the Supporting business development strategy (PDF 1.2Mb).
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