Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) for Scotland’s National Forest Estate
Forest Enterprise Scotland's Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) for Scotland's National Forest Estate sets out how we'll deliver the asset transfer rights for communities covered in Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. It builds on our long experience of working with communities through the National Forest Land Scheme and is part of our wider programme for community engagement and participation.
The Scottish Government's Asset Transfer Regulations came into force on 23 January 2017. The Scottish Government has published guidance and other resources on asset transfer, including a useful Summary Guide to Asset Transfer. CATS has been developed in line with the regulations and guidance.
How to submit an Asset Transfer Request
The full CATS guidance sets out how to develop and submit an Asset Transfer Request for land or buildings on the National Forest Estate. It also sets out how we will evaluate and make a decision on the request. We have also created a summary guidance document for easy reference.
- Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) Guidance (PDF 1.1MB)
- Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) Summary (PDF 758KB)
The CATS application form and checklist sets out all the information you will need to provide to make an Asset Transfer Request. Please note that you are not required to use this application form to submit an asset transfer request under the Act, but it will help you make sure you have given us all the information we need to process your request and help us to identify any information that is missing as quickly as possible, and to evaluate your request.
Asset Transfer Requests must be submitted in writing, as a hard copy or by email to:
Community Asset Transfer Scheme
Forest Enterprise Scotland
231 Corstorphine Road
Scotland's National Forest Estate - Register of Land
We have created a map-based Register of Land where you can find information on all the land and buildings on the National Forest Estate. We will continue to develop the map and provide further guidance, so if you have any comments or questions please contact the Community Asset Transfer Manager at the contact details above. The map is quite large so please allow time for it load.
- Map showing land and buildings on the National Forest Estate
Notification of Asset Transfer Requests
Once we receive an asset transfer request, we are required to publish it on our website to allow other people to see and comment on the request. Notices of requests will be published on this website and representations can be made in writing within 20 working days of the notice. An archive of requests will also be made available in due course.
- No current asset transfer requests
Notification of sales to communities and other bodies
From time to time, we will put assets on the National Forest Estate up for sale. When we do, we will publish notification of our intention to sell the asset as set out in the CATS guidance. This allows community bodies the opportunity to consider whether they wish to submit a request before the asset is put on the open market.
- Scottish Land Fund
- Community Ownership Support Service
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
- Community Woodlands Association
- Community Energy Scotland
- Community Land Advisory Service Scotland
- National Standards for Community Engagement
- Communities Channel Scotland
- Community Land Scotland
- Community Funds