Scotland’s forests are a multipurpose natural resource which if managed in a sustainable way can deliver a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits.   Forestry regulatory and grant9.1 support mechanisms have been developed and put in place to help ensure that Scotland’s woodlands are managed in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Forest Management, as defined by UK Forestry Standard.

This section is aimed at landowners, forestry professionals and members of the public who are interested in managing existing woodlands or creating new woodlands, and want to find out more about  grant support for forestry activities, getting consent for tree felling or woodland management.

We have information available about the range of grant support and regulatory mechanisms that are in place to help protect and ensure the sustainable management and expansion of forestry in Scotland. This includes:

  • guidance for applicants and how to apply;
  • information about Scotland’s ambitious Woodland Creation target;
  • details of grant support available to help land owners plant new woodlands and sustainably manage existing woodlands;
  • how forestry activities are regulated in Scotland;
  • how we consult on forestry projects; and
  • how we deal with unauthorised tree felling and ensure forestry activities comply with the UK Forestry Standard.  

UK Forestry Standard Compliance Procedures

The UKFS Compliance Procedures formalise our response to potential breaches of UKFS and what corrective actions or sanctions will be sought from owners or their agents. They set out the process of investigation and a laddered approach to the actions we will take.

These procedures will apply to all Scottish Forestry approvals and consents, namely Forest Plans, Felling Permissions, Forestry Grant Scheme contracts, and EIA consented operations. They will also be applied to illegal felling and non-consented EIA operations. They will not replace existing procedures, but will be undertaken alongside them or where legal procedures do not exist. Non-compliance with the UKFS could result in a warning letter with mitigation measures or the suspension or revocation of permissions.