Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) for Scotland’s National Forest Estate

Forest Enterprise Scotland is developing a Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) for Scotland's National Forest Estate. It 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.

Below is the draft guidance for CATS. it sets out the process for developing, submitting, assessing and concluding Asset Transfer Requests for National Forest Estate.

The Scottish Government has consulted on the Asset Transfer Regulation earlier this year (you can find details of the consultation and the Scottish Government's response here). The Asset Transfer (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 were laid in the Scottish Parliament on 10 November 2016, and the Scottish Government also published draft Asset Transfer Guidance for Community Transfer Bodies. CATS will be implemented in line with regulations and guidance.

We are not formally consulting on CATS, but welcome comments on the draft guidance, prior to the scheme launch. CATS will be formally launched when the regulations come into force on 23 January 2017.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Rebecca Carr, Community Asset Transfer Manager at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 0300 067 5407.

Notification of sales to communities and other bodies

We'll continue to notify sales of assets to communities, before putting them on the open market. This gives them opportunity to consider making an Asset Transfer Request under CATS.

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