Forestry regulatory and grant 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 (UKFS).

Our support and regulations content 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.

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'll take.

These procedures will apply to all our approvals and consents, namely:

  • forest plans
  • felling permission
  • Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) contracts
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consented operations

They'll also be applied to illegal felling and non-consented EIA operations.

They'll 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.