Forestry Grant Scheme
The Forestry Grant Scheme supports new woodland creation and sustainable management of existing woodlands. This is through eight category grants from the Scottish Rural Development Plan. We deliver it with the Rural Payments and Inspections Division.
Forestry Grant Scheme updates
Formal updates released during the grant scheme lifecycle.
November 2015 – prior notification of forestry tracks/private ways
Guidance on aligning information for stakeholders involved in forestry private ways. It has details of the Prior Notification (PN) of forestry private ways administered by local Planning Authorities (PA).
September 2016 – Forestry grants budget availability in 2016
Forestry Grant Scheme capital grant is still available for the 2016 claim year. This note details three measures to encourage capital grant spend in 2016, including bringing 2017 claim years forward and changes to threshold scores.
October 2016 – Budget categories and threshold scores
This note provides an update on changes to threshold scores for Forestry Grant Scheme and the current availability of grant funding. Changes to threshold scores affect applications with a 2017 claim year.
November 2016 – Budget categories and threshold scores
This note provides an update on changes to threshold scores for Forestry Grant Scheme and the current availability of grant funding. Changes to threshold scores affect applications with a 2017 claim year including WIG – Restructuring Regeneration and WIG – Planning options.
December 2016 – FGS option update
This note provides a summary of some recent changes to Forestry Grant Scheme options: Long-term Forest Plans, Woodland Creation – Small or Farm Woodlands, and Restructuring Regeneration.
February 2017 - Budget categories and threshold scores
This note provides an update on the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) budget situation for 2017 and highlights threshold scores for applications coming forward to future clearing rounds.
March 2017 – Woodland Creation update
This note provides information on a new Target Area for native woodlands in the Highlands. It also introduces a new capital item for high-cost deer fencing and expands the availability of the bracken control capital item.
Rural Payments and Services IT system
Current list of known issues on the Rural Payments and Services IT system for the Forestry Grant Scheme. Updated 7 April 2017
Known issues in the Rural Payments and Services computer system which have been resolved. Updated 7 April 2017
Please read these hints and tips (PDF 79K) to help with your application.
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