Carnock and Dean Forests are two mature woodlands situated in southwest Fife lying north and south respectively of the villages of Carnock and Gowkhall on the A907 Dunfermline to Alloa road.

The existing management plan is being revised and comments and ideas are welcomed. We want to know what you think. What are your views on these forests currently? How do you use them?



  • Winter 2015/16 - Information gathering, site analysis, drawing up of outline proposals.
  • Spring/Summer 2016 - Initial Consultation on proposals.
  • Summer/Autumn 2016 - Development of the initial proposals into a detailed land management plan, incorporating feedback from the consultation process.
  • 2017/2018 - Submission to Forestry Commission Scotland (Grants and Licencing) for formal approval. As part of the approval process the proposals will be available for review on the Public Register for 28 days, and you will have the opportunity to comment during that time.

Draft documents

Land management plan brief (135KB) - summarises key background information, and uses relevant national and district strategic priorities to develop management aims and objectives for the site.

Opportunities and constraints analysis - summarises the main factors which will influence the design process, based on information gathered to date:

Initial design concept - sketches out on broad detail the design approach proposed for different areas:


Contact us

If you would like to provide feedback then please complete our short survey here. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss these plans, or if you would like to receive notification of further developments with the plan, please contact:

Stewart Towers - Planning Forester
Forestry Commission Scotland
Scottish Lowlands Forest District
Five Sisters House
Five Sisters Business Park
West Calder
EH55 8PN
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