National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS)
National Forest Land is forest, woods, open land and other property owned by Scottish ministers on the nation's behalf, and managed by us.
The National Forest Land Scheme gave community organisations, recognised non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and/or appropriate housing bodies the chance to buy or lease National Forest Land where they can provide increased public benefits.
Community Empowerment Act (2015) and changes to NFLS
The NFLS closed to applications on July 11 2016.
The Community Empowerment Act (2015) means new guidance for the sale or lease of National Forest Estate land to community bodies is now available from Forest Enterprise Scotland:
The National Forest Land Scheme guidance is now obsolete.
For more information contact:
Forest Enterprise Scotland
Inverness Business Park
1 Highlander Way
- Since the 2005 launch, many community organisations, housing bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations have bought land under the scheme. The NFLS Progress Report (PDF 1.2Mb) describes those projects in detail.
- The map of NFLS schemes (PDF 522KB) shows where each NFLS project location.
- The applications status table (PDF 55KB) gives information on all the NFLS applications that have been approved or the applicants that have bought or leased land.
NFLS case studies
These case studies show the development of local projects on land bought from FCS under the NFLS: