What is the Woods in and Around Town (WIAT) programme?
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.
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.
Read The Urban Forest (PDF 712KB) to find out more.
Video: woods and wellbeing in Scotland
Forestry Grant Scheme 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.
Visit the 'Forestry Grant Scheme' web page to find out more.