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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Woodland Creation Application guidance

The Woodland Creation Application guidance document and its Supporting Information document should be followed:

  • if you are apply for grant support to create a new woodland;
  • to comply with the Forestry (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 for afforestation;
  • if you are seeking approval for a woodland compensatory planting scheme required as a condition of a planning permission


Forestry Grant Scheme updates 9.1

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

  • 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: