The Scottish timber industry and Scotland's timber resources

Scotland’s forests are the most productive in the UK. They make a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy through jobs in the wood processing industry, forest management, wood haulage and associated industries.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) aims to maximise the economic potential of Scotland’s timber resources:

'Timber' is one of the Scottish Forestry Strategy’s seven key themes.

Forests managed by us have been certified as meeting the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (PDF 4.2Mb) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard.

Scotland’s forest industries in context

The Scottish Forest Industries Cluster has produced the booklet Scotland's Forest Industries, which contains:

  • an explanation of where Scotland's forest industries sit in an international context and why they can justifiably claim to be sustainable
  • an overview of the industries themselves and details about each
  • a discussion of the opportunities for developing new markets
  • descriptions of the forests themselves

You can download the full Scotland's Forest Industries booklet (PDF 15Mb).

Some further sources of timber industry information: