Our strategy

Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019 to 2029 presents a 50-year vision and 10-year framework to action, expand, protect and enhance Scotland’s forests and woodlands. In turn, we hope to deliver greater economic, social and environmental benefits to Scotland’s people.

Implementation plan

Scotland's Forestry Strategy Implementation Plan 2022-2025 was prepared with input from the national forestry stakeholder reference group and key delivery partners. The plan builds on progress already made to deliver the Forestry Strategy, as well as recognising current and emerging priorities. It sets out the actions that the Scottish Government and its partners will deliver over the next three years to continue to progress the realisation of the Forestry Strategy’s vision and Scottish Government outcomes. 


A report setting out the progress made in delivering Scotland’s Forestry Strategy (2019-2029), between 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2022, was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 December 2022.


A set of high-level indicators has been identified to track progress against the strategy. The indicators have been selected to cover a range of the strategy’s activities. Together they'll demonstrate progress towards the strategy’s 10-year objectives.

List of indicators

  • Total area of forests and woodlands
  • Area of woodland creation
  • Area of UK Woodland Assurance Standard certified forests and woodland
  • Area of forests and woodland covered by management plans
  • Number of community groups that own and lease forests and woodland
  • Economic contribution of forestry to the Scottish economy
  • Volume of available timber
  • Forestry sector net greenhouse gas emissions
  • Woodland ecological condition score
  • Condition of protected forest and woodland sites
  • Index of Abundance for Scottish Terrestrial Breeding Birds – Woodland Species
  • Number of visits to forests and woodlands

View the Forestry Strategy 2019 to 2029 description of indicators.


Contact us for more information on the implementation plan and/or forestry strategy.