The Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF)

The Strategic Timber Transport Fund supports sustainable timber transport in rural Scotland through:

  • the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS), which finances projects that minimise impact on fragile roads, and deliver community and environmental benefits;
  • and the Timberlink shipping service, which brings timber across the Firth of Clyde.

Projects to date have included the development of in-forest timber haul roads or roads that help link forests to sea and rail loading facilities. See: Improving timber transport (PDF 356KB) and STTF case studies for more examples.

The Strategic Timber Transport Scheme

The Scottish Strategic Timber Transport Scheme finances projects that:

  • facilitate the sustainable transport of timber in rural areas of Scotland,
  • deliver benefits for local communities and the environment,
  • and maximise the value of monies available through Regional and National Strategic Projects and partnerships.

2017/18 funding

The Advisory Panel met on 19 May 2017 and recommended awards totalling £7.05M, so committing the full 2017/18 budget.

It is not anticipated that there will be a further funding round this year.

However, it is still possible to apply for a more limited Preparatory Project Grant to help in the development of a large and/or complex project which would seek funding in future rounds.

Pilot Preparatory Project Grant

For large scale, complex projects and those seeking to deliver modal shift which also meet the Scheme criteria we are piloting a Preparatory Project Grant. These must also be supported by the appropriate Regional Timber Transport Group, and you should liaise with the relevant Project Officer in the first instance.

Projects which receive preparatory funding are expected to result in submission of a full STTS application, but please note an award of Preparatory Project funding does not guarantee an award of full STTS funding.

Strategic Timber Transport Scheme application process

How to apply


To start, you should complete an outline information on potential bids (Word 81KB) form and discuss your proposal with the Regional Timber Transport Group (RTTG) Project Officer for that area. Contacts are listed on the Timber Transport Forum website.

If your project is deemed suitable, you will then need to complete a full application. Formal support of the RTTG is a vital part of the assessment and approval process.

If your proposal needs felling approval, an environmental impact assessment and/or is a collaborative haul route, you should read planning ahead of your STTS application (PDF 58KB)

Application form submission

  • When making a full bid for support, you should electronically complete the application form (Word 175KB) (revised July 2017) and submit it along with the letter of support from the RTTG, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • We must receive a hard copy of the application and all supporting documentation with original signatures within one week of the electronic submission. This should be posted to:

The Timber Transport Officer
Forestry Commission Scotland
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT

Previous awards and reports

Details of awards and successful applications can be found in the STTF update report April 2016 (PDF 170KB)

Find out more

If you have any questions, please contact:

Roland Stiven, Timber Transport Forum Project Officer
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 0131 240 1418.