Details of who we are funded by, how we are managed and governed, and how we are structured. For contact details please see the contact us section.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) was created on 1 April 2003 as a result of the Forestry Devolution Review. We serve as part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry directorate, and are responsible to Scottish ministers, advising on and implementing forestry policy and managing the national forest estate.
Our mission is to protect and expand Scotland's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.
We work with the Scottish Government to deliver the Scottish Forestry Strategy. We also contribute to many aspects of wider Scottish Government policy such as energy, environment and climate change, biodiversity, healthy living, rural transport, tourism and education.
- Paul Wheelhouse MSP is Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
We are also a partner in Scotland's Environmental and Rural Services (SEARS).
- The Forestry Commission Scotland Management Board oversees our business systems and administration, and our relationships with other organisations and stakeholders.
- We have five conservancies which carry out our regulatory and grant support functions around Scotland. They provide advice and information on forestry to woodland owners.
Forest Enterprise Scotland
- The National Forest Estate is managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), which is an agency of FCS. Forest Enterprise Scotland's Management Board (FESMB) gives strategic direction and leadership to the Scottish Forest Districts. View details of the FESMB and minutes of their meetings.
- FES works to a framework document (PDF 75k), revised March 2013. Targets are set annually for FES in the corporate plan (PDF 1.4Mb).
- The strategic plan for the National Forest Estate sets out FES's strategy for managing the National Forest Estate.
- The 10 Forest Districts manage and maintain Scotland's woods and forests. Their tasks include planting, forest design, marketing timber and providing facilities and access for the public. The recreation framework sets out priorities for managing recreation on the national forest estate.
A review of land managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland was carried out in 2004 and its recommendations accepted by Scottish Ministers.
Our organisational structure is illustrated in the Forestry Commission Scotland structure chart (PDF 1.6Mb).
We are also supported by a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) whose role is to adjudicate on disputed applications for grants or felling licenses and in disputes by statutory bodies arising from Forest Enterprise Scotland design plans.