Grants and regulations
Grants are available for planting trees and managing woodlands. There are regulations that protect the environment and prevent illegal felling.
This section has information on grant schemes, legacy grants and regulations.
Review of forestry planting approval procedures
A review of forestry planting approval procedures was undertaken by Jim Mackinnon CBE. The review aims to reduce the complexity, duration and cost of tree planting applications. Read the report recommendations and how they will be implemented.
Forestry Grant Scheme
The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) supports new woodland creation and sustainable management of existing woodlands. There are eight categories – two for new woodland creation and six for managing existing ones. Within the categories, there are other options relating to specific types of project.
More information about the scheme is on our Forestry Grant Scheme page.
If you're interested in creating and managing woodlands, see our farm woodlands pages. You could get help from the Forestry Grant Scheme to help with costs.
Forestry Commission Scotland gives farmers and landholders the chance to lease land to Forest Enterprise Scotland (the Forestry Commission Scotland agency forest management agency). They can establish new productive woodland, and hand it back.
If you want to fell trees you may need a felling licence from us before you start. Information about exemptions, and an application form are available on the felling licences pages.
Environmental Impact Assessment
If you want to plant trees, fell without replanting or construct forest roads or quarries, we need to check your project's environmental impact.
If we think it'll have a large impact, you must apply for permission. We'll give your our formal opinion.
Full details are on the Environmental Impact Assessment page.
Woodland Grant Scheme and Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme
Now closed to new applicants but information is available about submitting claims and making amendments to existing contracts. For details see legacy grants scheme information.
There are three online public registers:
Register of Grant Schemes – areas and location of applications we receive for creating new woodlands, details of Forest Plan applications and amendments to contracts under the Forestry Grant Scheme
Register of New Planting and Felling – areas and location of applications we receive for creating new woodlands (includes RDC-RP applications) and for felling trees
Register of Environmental Impact Assessments – details of the decision we have made when assessing certain forestry projects for their effect on the environment
Updating consultation procedures
Map tools and datasets
- Land Information Search
A map-based tool that allows you to search for details about a chosen area of land.
- FCS Map Viewer
Explore a variety of Forestry Commission Scotland datasets on this map-based tool.
- Data Download
Access and download a wide range of Forestry Commission GIS datasets