It’s easy to help shape the future of the National Forest Estate. And you don’t need to be handy with a chainsaw to do so.

We want your opinions

Because the estate is a national asset that belongs to the people of Scotland, you can have a say about the way it’s managed. That could include telling us what you think about forestry plans in your area, or contributing to our policies and strategies.

Events, permissions and permits

If you're interested in holding an event on the National Forest Estate, or you want to find out about the things you can and can't do on the estate, visit our permissions and permits page.


We want to encourage local people and communities to get involved with using and managing local estate woodlands. We have produced guidance to help communities to get involved, as well as information about how communities can benefit from renewable energy schemes on the estate.

We are also working with communities who wish to own or use land on the National Forest Estate through the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). Our guidance sets out how to develop and submit an asset transfer request and where you can get further advice and information to help you develop your proposal.


There are often opportunities to volunteer on the estate, ranging from helping construct mountain bike trails to being a guide at an osprey project. Find out about current volunteering opportunities.

Get in touch

We also want to know how we can work better with you and your community. What are we doing well and what needs improving? We’d love to hear from you – just get in touch with your local Forest District office.