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WIAT and people

WIAT tackles the barriers people face to visiting and benefitting from woodlands regularly. The programme focuses on the location, accessibility and management of urban woodlands, to encourage more use from local people.

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WIAT benefits

Trees and woods in our towns and cities (the urban forest) provide many benefits, from improving air quality, to wildlife havens. They can also help to economically regenerate degraded urban landscapes.

Delivering WIAT

There are several parts to delivering WIAT. We do this through:

Managing WIAT woods

Sustainable forest management is central to WIAT’s success. Long-term maintenance and management makes sure we get the most out of WIAT woodlands, for everyone. 

WIAT case studies

The case studies below show how the programme has benefitted towns and cities all across Scotland, since it's 2005 launch:

Strategic framework

A Strategic Framework – WIAT Programme 2015 – 2020 (PDF 1MB)details the WIAT programme for the next 5 years:

Grant support

The Forestry Grant Scheme offers financial support for managing urban woodlands in Scotland. Forestry Grant Scheme urban woodlands – WIAT woodlands – are located within 1km of a population settlement of 2000+ people.

To find out more about this grant, visit Rural Payment and Services' Woodland Improvement page, for details about the WIAT option and how to apply.


WIAT woods are important to the protection and development of green networks across urban Scotland. The WIAT programme contributes to Central Scotland Green Network initiative aims.