Corporate Plan

The Corporate Planning framework encompasses the broad overview and infrastructure of our organisation. It refers to the different long term and annual plans we've in place to set our future direction and map out our objectives which will steer all of our work. It describes how our plans link to SG outcomes and different strategies. We need to ensure all our work complies with legal requirements. We also need to anticipate and mitigate risks.

Our Corporate Plan 2020 to 2023 is our overarching strategic document. It sets out our purpose and strategic objectives alongside high level priorities and actions which will shape our activities over the next 3 years. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been identified which will help us monitor our progress.

Our 3 strategic objectives are to:

  1. ensure that sustainable forest management is an integral part of public policy, particularly through leading and co-ordinating the delivery of Scotland's Forestry Strategy
  2. develop our people and culture to improve performance and resilience, building a dynamic, flexible and modern workforce which serves the forestry sector and wider Scotland well
  3. become a more innovative, efficient and accessible organisation by delivering process improvements, and harnessing digital and technological solutions

Our Corporate Plan was originally prepared before the Scottish Government declared a national health emergency due to COVID-19. Much of the information provides a baseline to support our staff and the forest sector to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The plan will be kept under review and if appropriate, updated to reflect the Scottish Government’s position on COVID-19.

Business Plan

The annual Business Plan supports our Corporate Plan. It lays out how we intend to make progress towards our corporate strategic objectives across 2021 to 2022 and what our priorities are for this year.  It shows how important current issues - such as emerging from covid restrictions and the agreement with the Scottish Green Party – will shape our work this year. Our Values are central to our work, and this is laid out in our Business Plan. It details what our finance and staffing resources are for this year, and how we will be contributing to the National Performance Framework. It describes how the work of our conservancies will be changing, and the work we are undertaking to address People survey results. Detailed activities on each of our priorities is presented, making it clear what the work of our conservancies and teams will be both for our staff and for our stakeholders.

Gaelic Language Plan 

Scottish Forestry recognises Gaelic as an integral part of Scotland’s national identity, heritage and culture. We’re committed to ensuring that Gaelic has a sustainable future in Scotland.

We’ve been working with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to develop a new draft Gaelic Language Plan and have set three key principles in relation to the Gaelic Language:  

  • Gaelic will be given equal respect to English where it’s included as part of our services and operations. 
  • We'll make an active offer of our Gaelic services to our staff and the public. 
  • We’ll mainstream opportunities for the public and our staff to use Gaelic. 

We recently shared this plan with you during a consultation that ran from 19 April 2022 until 3 June 2022. The views we received will help us to develop the final version which will be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for approval.

You can read the draft Gaelic Language Plan below:

Improvement programme

​The Improvement Programme 2019 to 2024 aims to transform the effectiveness and efficiency of our forestry approval and support processes.

The programme is split into 4 priority areas:

  1. the customer experience
  2. our processes
  3. our people
  4. how we use technology

Read our Improvement Programme booklet.