For nearly 100 years, Scotland’s National Forest Estate has provided the country with a rich source of timber.

Today, the story is one of diversification – Scotland’s forests are managed as a productive, recreational and environmental resource.

These are not competing interests. In fact, careful planning at a national and local level, involving communities and partners, is bringing together complementary objectives and helping to shape Scotland’s forests for future generations.

Our vision

So what will your forests look like in the future? We have six aspirations: that the land we manage is:

a healthy young tree


achieving good environmental and sivicultural condition in a changing climate

FES productive


providing sustainable economic benefits from the land

FES treasured


as a multi-purpose resource that sustains livelihoods, improves quality of life, and offers involvement and enjoyment

FES accessible


with local woodlands and national treasures that are well promoted, welcoming and open to all

FES cared-for

Cared for

where landscapes and our natural and cultural heritage is respected

FES good-value

Good value

with exemplary, effective and efficient delivery of public benefits

Our strategies

Our corporate plan details the key priorities we will focus on over the next two years from 2017 to 2019, and includes annual targets, budget and key performance indicator information.

Each Forest District also has its own district strategic plan. They’re all supported by more specific guidance for key areas, such as our deer management strategy and recreation strategy.

Land management plans

The National Forest Estate is divided into forests or areas that we manage according to detailed plans called land management plans. We create these plans in consultation with stakeholders, partners and local communities. Find out about current land management plan consultations.

Reporting our progress