Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT)
On this page:
- WIAT and people
- WIAT benefits
- Delivering WIAT
- Managing WIAT woods
- WIAT case studies
- Read the strategic framework
- Find out about grant support
- WIAT and CSGN
WIAT tackles the barriers people face to visiting and benefitting from woodlands regularly. The programme focuses on the location, accessibility and management of urban woodlands, to encourage more use from local people.
Trees and woods in our towns and cities (the urban forest) provide many benefits, from improving air quality, to wildlife havens. They can also help to economically regenerate degraded urban landscapes.
- For more on this, read The Urban Forest (PDF 712KB)
There are several parts to delivering WIAT. We do this through:
- Showing what we’ve achieved so far
- Promoting quality standards
- Partnership working
- Forestry grant funding
Sustainable forest management is central to WIAT’s success. Long-term maintenance and management makes sure we get the most out of WIAT woodlands, for everyone.
The case studies below show how the programme has benefitted towns and cities all across Scotland, since it's 2005 launch:
A Strategic Framework – WIAT Programme 2015 – 2020 (PDF 1MB)details the WIAT programme for the next 5 years:
The Forestry Grant Scheme offers financial support for managing urban woodlands in Scotland. Forestry Grant Scheme urban woodlands – WIAT woodlands – are located within 1km of a population settlement of 2000+ people.
To find out more about this grant, visit Rural Payment and Services' Woodland Improvement page, for details about the WIAT option and how to apply.
WIAT woods are important to the protection and development of green networks across urban Scotland. The WIAT programme contributes to Central Scotland Green NetworkScotland Green Network initiative aims.