Scotland's forests contribute £1billion GVA to the economy, supporting 11,000 jobs on the National Forest Estate. Many of these are in the growing and processing sector, and in rural communities.

We want to ensure the continued sustainable timber production from the National Forest Estate (NFE), and to grow this important sector for Scotland's benefit. We help achieve this by investing in restocking programmes – replanting (or naturally regenerating) areas after tree removal.

Sitka Spruce being planted

Why do we need a restocking strategy?

The sooner we restock, the quicker we can grow and harvest new timber, increasing the economic value of Scotland's forests. The strategy provides commitments to help us do that, as well as guidance on the use of productive tree species and how much we should plant. It sets out actions that help us balance restocking quickly with good silviculture and environmental protection.

Restocking Strategy front coverRead the Restocking Strategy for the National Forest Estate

Read about our commitments to restocking and learn how we manage, monitor and evaluate our restocking programmes.

Download the Restocking Strategy document (PDF 391KB)

Download the Restocking Strategy Action Plan for 2018-19 (PDF 204KB)


Find out more in our corporate plan

Our restocking strategy is an important part of sustainable forest management. It helps us achieve our environmental, social and economic objectives. Read more about our commitments in our Forest Enterprise Scotland Corporate Plan 2017 - 2019.