Our strategy

Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019 to 2029 presents a 50-year vision and 10-year framework to action, expand, protect and enhance Scotland’s forests and woodlands. In turn, we hope to deliver greater economic, social and environmental benefits to Scotland’s people.

Implementation plan

Scotland's Forestry Strategy Implementation Plan 2020 to 2022 was prepared before COVID-19 with input from a stakeholder reference group. The plan will be kept under review and discussions will be held with delivery organisations regarding the scheduling of associated actions. Priority will be given to the actions that best support the forest sector restart and respond to COVID-19.

View the COVID-19 Forestry Sector Restart and Resilience Plan for more information.


Scottish Ministers report on delivery of the Forestry Strategy to the Scottish Parliament every 3 years. The first report is due by the end of 2022.


A set of high-level indicators has been identified to track progress against the strategy. The indicators have been selected to cover a range of the strategy’s activities. Together they'll demonstrate progress towards the strategy’s 10-year objectives.

List of indicators

  • Total area of forests and woodlands
  • Area of woodland creation
  • Area of UK Woodland Assurance Standard certified forests and woodland
  • Area of forests and woodland covered by management plans
  • Number of community groups that own and lease forests and woodland
  • Economic contribution of forestry to the Scottish economy
  • Volume of available timber
  • Forestry sector net greenhouse gas emissions
  • Woodland ecological condition score
  • Condition of protected forest and woodland sites
  • Index of Abundance for Scottish Terrestrial Breeding Birds – Woodland Species
  • Number of visits to forests and woodlands

View the Forestry Strategy 2019 to 2029 description of indicators.


Contact us for more information on the implementation plan and/or forestry strategy.