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Review of forestry planting approval procedures November 2017

Scotland has 1.4million hectares of trees and we continue to work towards reducing the complexity and cost of the tree planting approval process to deliver the national target of 10,000hectares a year.

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Key highlights include:

  • improvements to how the Forestry Grant Scheme is publicised and how woodland creation is promoted;
  • better reporting of data on woodland creation to tack progress and help businesses plan ahead;
  • agreement on an approach to reduce the bureaucratic burden for accredited agents;
  • improved Woodland Creation guidance drafted and nearing publication; and
  • programme of woodland creation training seminars developed and delivered jointly between FCS and the forestry sector, to help embed the new guidance.

James Nott, FCS Conservator for Grampian and leading on implementation of the report, said: “Look out for information on 2018 training seminars – if you are considering woodland creation we would encourage you to attend and put into practice the guidance that is being made available. By doing this we can work together to deliver the Scottish Government woodland creation targets. Keep your eye out for the dates and venues which will be advertised shortly by both FCS and industry groups. We will also produce a new blog post on it so watch this space.”