The Forestry Grant Scheme offers financial support for the creation of new woodland and the sustainable management of existing woodland.

Within the scheme's eight categories, there are a range of support options covering planting, woodland protection, harvesting and more.

Summaries of the grant options available can be found in two guidance booklets - grant options for existing woodland owners and grant options for woodland creation.

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You can find out more about the scheme and apply for a grant through the Scottish Government's Rural Payments and Services website, where you'll also find full guidance on how to make an application.

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Forestry Grant Scheme updates 9.1

Below you will find formal updates released during the grant scheme lifecycle.

  • This Briefing Note updates budget availability for all Forestry Grant Scheme options following publication of Protecting Scotland’s Future: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2019-20 in September 2019.
  • This Briefing Note follows a recent review of FGS standard costs that has resulted in a number of changes to capital item rates that were introduced 24 June 2019.
  • This Briefing Note updates budget availability and threshold scores for new Forestry Grant Scheme applications as at April 2019.
  • This Briefing Note provides information on the future of the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) and updates budget availability and threshold scores for new FGS applications as at November 2018.
  • This Briefing Note introduces the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) Compliance Procedure which formalises the Scottish Forestry (SF) response to potential breaches of UKFS.

Previous updates can be found in our Publications Library.

Customer charter

The Forestry Grant Scheme Customer Charter sets out the Customer Service Standards for our handling of Forestry Grant Scheme applications.

Review of forestry planting approval procedures  

A review of forestry planting approval procedures was undertaken by Jim Mackinnon CBE. The review was designed to reduce the complexity, duration and cost of tree planting applications.

Key achievements

Significant progress has been made to deliver the 21 recommendations of the review. Some of the highlights are: