News, stories and reports from Forestry Commission Scotland and the National Forest Estate

Annual Review 2014-15

We have recently published our two Annual Reviews for 2014-15. One covers the National Forest Estate and the other Forestry Commission Scotland. Each review showcases the highlights of our work over the financial year (31 March 2014 - 1 April 2015).

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Modern forestry is about much more than planting and felling trees and you may be surprised at the variety of topics covered in the reviews. Forests deliver benefits for the economy, for people and for the environment.  

Well-managed productive forests help the economy by providing timber, tourism and other associated business opportunities. For example;

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As a ‘natural health service’, woodlands are treasured spaces, providing physical and mental health benefits to improve the lives of people and communities including:

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Trees, woods and forests are dynamic and important ecosystems that can help mitigate climate change, alleviate flooding, stabilise the soil and provide a home for wildlife. For example:

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