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Showcasing our key achievements for 2015-16

Showcasing our key achievements for 2015-16

Showcasing our key achievements for 2015-16

Showcasing our key achievements for 2015-16

The National Forest Estate produces millions of tonnes of timber a year and is a valuable national asset, providing recreation opportunities, supporting landscape scale restoration projects, wildlife conservation efforts, renewables development and community initiatives.

We manage the NFE with six aspirations in mind. Here’s our key highlights of 2015-16, which also link to the FCS Review of the Year 2015/16.

Forestry and the economy

We published a report which for the first time shows how much the NFE contributes to Scotland’s economy – generating £395 million Gross Value Added every year – that’s more than £1 million each day to support industry, jobs and many rural communities. Forestry and timber processing accounts for £285 million and tourism and recreation £109.6 million.

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Forestry and wildlife

Forests are great places for wildlife, providing lots of different habitats, from the airy canopy to sheltered forest floors. Our forestry work is planned to make sure the woods provide the best possible conditions for wildlife. We recently won an award for 15-year effort to integrate timber production and recreation with capercaillie conservation. One of our biggest success stories is the white-tailed sea eagle. There are now 100 pairs of white-tailed eagles living across Scotland.

Forestry and farming

Farming and forestry might not seem like a natural combination, but we aim to increase agricultural use of the NFE providing sustainable economic benefits from the land. Find out about our work with farmers looking to start out in business for the first time and how we used old forestry techniques to help tackle land use issues.


Forestry and skills

The NFE is multi-purpose resource that sustains livelihoods, improves quality of life, and offers involvement and enjoyment. Meet two of our modern apprentices and find out what a typical day is like as an Apprentice Craftsperson. Our Employment Skills Programme works with young people who are furthest from the job market and is designed to equip them with skills training, work experience and formal qualifications in order to help them gain paid employment. Find out about our work with these groups and how training in the outdoors has a positive effect in learning as well as improving skills like team work, communication and increasing self confidence.


Forestry and archaeology

Did you know that there are over 25,000 archaeological features lie in or around Scotland's woodlands? There are colourful, incredible and tragic tales – from the ice age to the 20th Century and we work with partners to manage these. Over 750 people visited the Iron Age fort of Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis during the first ever archaeological excavation of the fort. We also work with young people to help increase their awareness of these magnificent sites.


Forestry and health

The health and well-being benefits of getting active in the forest are plentiful. The NFE is home to high quality facilities that encourage and help people enjoy the outdoor environment, and some are a lot closer than you’d think – like the Kilpatrick Hills offers a taste of the Highlands on Glasgow's doorstep which now has a new eight mile trail linking to the John Muir Way.