On this page, you will find details of business opportunities available on the National Forest Estate.

Our buildings are home to a wide variety of work, from maintaining wildlife habitats, to engaging with local communities and providing facilities to thousands of visitors. While many of these services are operated by Forest Enterprise Scotland, we are occasionally able to offer facilities and opportunities to private businesses.

Former visitor centre at Ardgartan

Current opportunities

We have no current opportunities. We'll update this page with information on what's on offer and how you can apply when an opportunity becomes available.  

Minginish Community Hall Association have submitted a request to purchase 12.3 ha of land at the Fairy Pools Car Park in Minginish, Isle of Skye under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme. It is intended to expand the current parking facilities to accommodate at least 100 vehicles, to alleviate long term problems for visitors and residents, and to install additional visitor facilities.

The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Photo © Russell Sherwood

Decision Notice

Asset Transfer Request documents and maps

The independent CATS Evaluation Panel is made up of seven members, chosen for their expertise across the economic, environmental and social sectors:

Judith Webb MBE, Chair

Judith lectures part-time at UHI's Scottish School of Forestry and is a Cairngorms National Park Authority member. Judith brings experience from public, private and third sector bodies, she has been a Forestry Commissioner; Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee; board member National Forest Company and chaired advisory groups on Woodland Biodiversity, deer management, Tree Safety. Judith led international Conservation Volunteer projects and has worked with community regeneration projects in Scotland's Central Belt.

Angela Douglas

Angela is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and enjoys working across the private, public and charity sectors, especially in partnership. She established the independent 'A Douglas Consultancy' in 2010, after 12 years as Woodland Trust Scotland Director managing a varied 21,000 acre estate often working closely with communities. A previous member of the National Forest Land Scheme Evaluation Panel and she currently is a Cairngorms National Park Authority member and Scotland's Finest Woods Awards' Executive Director amongst other roles.

Ian Hepburn

Ian trained as an accountant and has worked as a project manager in a variety of industries from Construction to Logistics. He fulfilled a long held ambition of moving to Mull in 2005 and was employed as Development Manager for North West Mull Community Woodland Company from 2008 until 2014. Ian is now a Director of NWMCWC Ltd and Community Land Scotland with a continuing keen interest in community ownership and Land Reform.

Patrick Hunter Blair Bt

Pat is an experienced land manager in both the public and private sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is a former Director of Policy and Standards for the Forest Service in Northern Ireland and a former Board member of SNH. He is the president of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and chairman of the South Scotland Regional Forestry Forum.

Anna Lawrence

Anna is a Chartered Forester, with 28 years of experience in social and community forestry, formerly in international development, followed by eight years as Head of Social and Economic Research at Forest Research. She is now Honorary Professor of Forestry at the University of the Highlands and Islands and at Wageningen University, an independent consultant (Director of Random Forest Research Ltd), and a Director of the Community Woodland Association.

Bob Stubbs

Bob is a graduate forester from Aberdeen University, diversifying his career over 25-years to lead HIE's work in Agriculture, Food and Drink, Fisheries and Aquaculture and Forestry. Formerly chair of the Highlands and Islands Forestry Forum and the Scottish Forest Industries Advisory Board and a member of the National Forest Land Scheme Evaluation Panel, he is now an independent consultant and part-time executive Director of the Scottish Forestry Trust. He is currently engaged in developing and promoting farm woodlands, and in the agriculture and food and drink sectors for a number of clients.

Cedric Wilkins

Since retiring as Scottish Forest Industries Cluster Director at Scottish Enterprise, Cedric has worked as a consultant to Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Wales in support of the Forest Industries. Formerly Chair of the Forest Products Research Institute Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University, and Home-Start Perth, he currently chairs Glenfarg Renewable Energy Association and the Glenfarg Village Hall Committee. Cedric was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in recognition of his contribution to the Scottish Forest Industry.

The Ettrick & Yarrow Community Development Company have submitted an application to purchase 173 hectares of Gamescleuch Forest and the Ettrick Marshes under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme. It is intended that the area be used for forest and wildlife regeneration, small-scale commercial forestry, woodland craft employment and recreational opportunities.

Gamescleuch Forest and Ettrick Marshes

Decision Notice

Asset Transfer Request documents and maps

Have your say

Anyone may make representations about a request to Forest Enterprise Scotland, and representations are published online. The representations on the request for Gamecsleuch Forest & the Ettrick Marshes received by the deadline of Monday 7 August 2017, and the responses from the community, are published below:

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.

If you would like any further information, 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.

Current Asset Transfer Requests

Here you can read about recent applications under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme and find out how to submit your comments for consideration.

Previous Asset Transfer Requests

How to submit an Asset Transfer Request

Guidance

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.

Application form

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
Edinburgh
EH12 7AT

or

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Evaluation

Your request will be assessed by an independent Evaluation Panel. The Panel will assess against the criteria set out in the below template and guidance. Forest Enterprise Scotland will take this assessment into account in making its decision on the request.

CATS Evaluation Panel

Forest Enterprise Scotland has appointed an independent Evaluation Panel to assess asset transfer requests received through the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) as set out in the CATS Guidance.

The CATS Evaluation Panel is made up of seven members, chosen for their expertise across the economic, environmental and social sectors. The Panel members are public appointments, selected through an open and fair recruitment process.

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.

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.