Who we are

We're the Scottish Government agency responsible for forestry policy, support and regulations. 

We're a progressive agency passionate about the crucial role trees have to play in tackling climate change and nature loss, supporting the economy and the people of Scotland’s wellbeing.

Our purpose

Our purpose is the sustainable management and expansion of forests and woodlands to deliver more for Scotland. We provide expert advice to Ministers on forestry policy, support and work with landowners, forestry professionals, communities and a wide range of stakeholders interested in forestry across Scotland.

Our Framework Document sets out the arrangements for the governance and accountability of Scottish Forestry. It lays out how we are delivering the powers and functions of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018, on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

Our history

We were formed on 1 April 2019 and replaced the work of Forestry Commission Scotland, which was created as part of legislation which fully devolved forestry to Scotland. Our agency is staffed with a National Office in Edinburgh and 5 local conservancy offices which are geographically spread across the country.

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