Land leasing

Forestry Commission Scotland would like to increase the amount of new productive planting.

We are offering the opportunity for farmers and other landholders to lease land to Forest Enterprise Scotland (the Forestry Commission Scotland agency that manages the government’s forests), who will establishing new productive woodland and hand that woodland back to the landholder at the end of the lease period.

This approach is designed to complement our programme of acquiring land for woodland creation where it will provide significant public benefit.

Applications can be submitted for consideration at any time.

Concept

The concept has three main components:

  • Lease – agree and conclude lease terms
  • Planning - design, consultation and approval of planting design
  • Woodland creation - the work on the ground.

Private sector providers may have a role in each component.

Offer and funding

There are two routes to lease:

Option A

  • This option is intended for the majority of farmers and landholder applicants, who wish Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) to manage and deliver all of the planning and woodland establishment operations.
  • Forestry Commission Scotland will enter into a ten-year lease for land that meets the criteria and fund a proportion of legal costs. We will prepare a forest design plan and establish productive woodland, but will not expect to pay a significant rental.
  • All associated costs will be covered by FCS where we deliver with our own staff, or paid directly to our appointed contractors.

Option B

  • This option offers agents, estates and landholders who have the required skills and experience, to submit a fully costed proposal to manage the design, establishment and maintenance process.
  • Forestry Commission Scotland will enter into a ten-year lease for land that meets the criteria and fund a proportion of legal costs.
  • Applications that are deemed to provide good value for money will be funded in full via the applicant's nominated Agent/Contractor.

See how to choose an option for leasing.

Relationship with grant schemes and agricultural support

This proposal is designed to complement the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

Land put forward for the lease scheme will not be eligible for SRDP woodland creation grants or single farm payment.

Information pack and application forms

Full details are provided in the following documents and pages:

Applications

If you choose to apply using Option A, please complete:

If you choose to apply using Option B, please complete:

Timescales and contact details

Applications will be assessed as they are submitted. Proposals approved in principle will enter the process as outlined on the woodland creation criteria page.

Farmers and landholders are asked to submit expressions of interest outlining their proposals to:

Ewan Reid – Estates Forestry Adviser
Forestry Commission Scotland
1 Highlander Way
Inverness Business and Retail Park
Inverness
IV2 7GB

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Tel: 01224 440702