Have your say on future of Scotland’s National Forest Estate

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16 JULY 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15535

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Anyone interested in how Scotland’s National Forest Estate (NFE) is managed is being invited to share their views with Forestry Commission Scotland.

The Commission has launched a public consultation seeking views on its draft ‘Strategic Directions for National Forest Estate 2012-2015’ document which outlines how the organisation proposes managing the NFE over the next three years. 

The Strategic Directions document lays out in broad terms the story of, nature of, and vision for the NFE.  The document does not propose any major shifts in the direction or breadth of delivery from the NFE, however, it does adopt a very different approach from previous Strategic Plans, seeking to broaden its relevance to a wider audience, with a greater emphasis on:

  • describing what the NFE is and delivers for the nation
  • laying out the Commission’s high-level vision for the Estate with strategic principles and directions, to guide its management and use.

Forestry Commission woodlands are independently certified as sustainably managed under UK Woodland Assurance Standards.  Keeping people informed of management proposals affecting the NFE is an important part of maintaining this certification, and this document will help set the high level context for management proposals at a local level.

The consultation invites people to express their views on:

  • The proposed approach to communicating what the NFE is and what it delivers.
  • Strategic directions and management principles for the NFE.
  • Whether there are any strategic gaps or omissions.
  • How you might want to be involved with the NFE.

The consultation will be managed through the Scottish Government consultation website at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/forestry-commission-scotland/strategicdirections and runs until 12 October 2012. 

For further information, please email hilda.todd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk, or write to: Hilda M Todd, Administration Manager, Forest Enterprise Scotland Head Office, 1 Highlander Way, Inverness Business Park, Inverness, IV2 7GB  Tel: +44 (0)1463 232811 (switchboard) or +44 (0)1463 252612 (direct)


1) The existing Strategic Plan covers the period 2009 to 2013, and can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/fesplans along with details of the previous consultation.

2) The way the strategic directions will be implemented is described and reported in greater detail through:

• Regional Implementation Plans and Local Spatial Land Management Plans which are subject to public consultation.  The current set of Regional Strategic Plans (Forest District Strategic Plans) can be found at: www.forestry.gov.uk/fesplans;

• Forestry Commission Scotland’s corporate plan and annual reports (see www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-6AHMS9);

• Scottish Forestry Strategy Implementation Plans and annual reports (see www.forestry.gov.uk/sfs); and

• More detailed descriptions of the economic, social and environmental policies and work programmes the Commission does can be viewed at www.forestry.gov.uk/fcspolicies.

3) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.  Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland charged with managing the 660,000ha National Forest Estate in ways that deliver benefits to Scotland’s people, communities, biodiversity and economy. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

Media enquiries to: Diana McGowan, FCS Communications, 0131 314 6162