Forestry operations must be carried out safely and this can have an impact on access for visitors and recreational users. However, careful planning, early engagement with stakeholders and effective communications can ensure that disruption to public access is kept to a minimum.

This guidance, in the form of a practice note and three supporting films, provides advice for safely managing woodland access. It is intended to help guide decision makers in situations where forestry operations may impact on public access and is aimed at forest owners and managers, forest operators, access authorities and recreation bodies.


This playlist includes three videos:

  1. An overview of best practice for safely managing woodland access during forest operations.
  2. Scenarios: guidance related to a number of typical woodland access scenarios.
  3. Interviews: views from various perspectives on the importance of well-managed woodland access.


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Managing woodland access practice note

The Managing woodland access and forest operations in Scotland practice note sets out clear steps on how to be best manage forest operations to minimise disruption to public access and recreational users.

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Managing public safety practice note

The Managing public safety on harvesting sites practice note sets out the different roles and responsibilities for managing public safety on and around harvesting worksites.