Woodland expansion

In Scotland there are competing demands for the use of land. Woodland expansion is one of these.

The Scottish Government wishes to increase woodland cover, but wants to do so in a way that is integrated with other land-based objectives. For example, the need to ensure food production can flourish at the same time as we plant more trees.

Scottish Government's rationale for woodland expansion

The Rationale for Woodland Expansion lays out the Scottish Government’s thinking on how woodland expansion can best increase the delivery of public benefits from Scotland’s land.

It has been finalised following public consultation (see below).

Alternative formats

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The consultation

Our woodland expansion discussion paper (PDF 380k), published June 2008, explored how woodland expansion can best increase the delivery of public benefits from Scotland’s land.

Comments on the paper were requested and responses accepted between 30th June and 30th September 08. From this we compiled a report into the consultation responses (PDF 211k).