Forest Enterprise Scotland's Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) for Scotland's National Forest Estate sets out how we'll deliver the asset transfer rights for communities covered in Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. It builds on our long experience of working with communities through the National Forest Land Scheme and is part of our wider programme for community engagement and participation.

The Scottish Government's Asset Transfer Regulations came into force on 23 January 2017. The Scottish Government has published guidance and other resources on asset transfer, including a useful Summary Guide to Asset Transfer. CATS has been developed in line with the regulations and guidance.

If you would like any further information, please contact Rebecca Carr, Community Asset Transfer Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 0300 067 5407.

Current Asset Transfer Requests

Here you can read about recent applications under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme and find out how to submit your comments for consideration.

Previous Asset Transfer Requests

How to submit an Asset Transfer Request


The full CATS guidance sets out how to develop and submit an Asset Transfer Request for land or buildings on the National Forest Estate. It also sets out how we will evaluate and make a decision on the request. We have also created a summary guidance document for easy reference.

Application form

The CATS application form and checklist sets out all the information you will need to provide to make an Asset Transfer Request. Please note that you are not required to use this application form to submit an asset transfer request under the Act, but it will help you make sure you have given us all the information we need to process your request and help us to identify any information that is missing as quickly as possible, and to evaluate your request. 

Asset Transfer Requests must be submitted in writing, as a hard copy or by email to:

Community Asset Transfer Scheme
Forest Enterprise Scotland
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT


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Your request will be assessed by an independent Evaluation Panel. The Panel will assess against the criteria set out in the below template and guidance. Forest Enterprise Scotland will take this assessment into account in making its decision on the request.

CATS Evaluation Panel

Forest Enterprise Scotland has appointed an independent Evaluation Panel to assess asset transfer requests received through the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) as set out in the CATS Guidance.

The CATS Evaluation Panel is made up of seven members, chosen for their expertise across the economic, environmental and social sectors. The Panel members are public appointments, selected through an open and fair recruitment process.

Scotland's National Forest Estate - Register of Land

We have created a map-based Register of Land where you can find information on all the land and buildings on the National Forest Estate. We will continue to develop the map and provide further guidance, so if you have any comments or questions please contact the Community Asset Transfer Manager at the contact details above. The map is quite large so please allow time for it load.

Notification of sales to communities and other bodies

From time to time, we will put assets on the National Forest Estate up for sale. When we do, we will publish notification of our intention to sell the asset as set out in the CATS guidance. This allows community bodies the opportunity to consider whether they wish to submit a request before the asset is put on the open market.