This agreement explains how Scottish Forestry and their Statutory Consultees will work together effectively to deliver forestry alongside policies and legislation pertaining to:

  • historic environment
  • biodiversity
  • landscape
  • water

The aim is to promote a more integrated approach to creating and managing Scotland’s forests and woodlands, ensuring this takes account of other important factors and assets whilst contributing to:

  • economic growth
  • social wellbeing
  • environmental improvements

This agreement also supports consultation on policy development and the implementation of forestry consents and approvals, promoting:

  • good working relationships
  • better mutual understanding
  • stronger cooperation
  • clear advice and communication channels

Read the agreement

Read the agreement: 

Scottish Forestry and Statutory Consultees Joint Working Agreement.

Watch the launch

The agreement was launched via an on-line seminar that showcased a good practice case study based on a woodland creation scheme near Penicuik. Midlothian.

The case study demonstrated how and when to engage with the statutory consultees to ensure applications are well designed. This ensures that they meet the owners objectives while respecting the importance of the site – resulting in applications that can be processed efficiently and with no last minute surprises.

Supporting Woodland Creation in Scotland – A New Joint Working Agreement with Statutory Consultees from Institute of Chartered Foresters on Vimeo.