Planting of new woodland

The Scottish Government has an ambitious objective to create 100,000 hectares of woodland between 2012 to 2022. As managers of Scotland's National Forest Estate, Forest Enterprise Scotland will play an important role in helping to meet this target.

A strategy for woodland creation

We have set ourselves a number of objectives based on the requirements of the Scottish Government, but also taking into account the long term productivity and sustainability of the National Forest Estate. Our key objectives are listed below:

  • Create at least 3,250 hectares of woodland between September 2016 and March 2021
  • Aspire to create 250 hectares of that woodland on former coalfield and derelict land across central and south west Scotland
  • Prepare to sustain ongoing woodland creation after March 2021 of around 650 hectares per year.


Woodland Creation on the National Forest EstateStrategy for Woodland Creation on the National Forest Estate (PDF 338KB)

This strategy document explains how we plan to achieve our share of the Scottish Government's woodland creation targets.

It gives a background to the Scottish Government's targets and clarifies our objectives and the activities we will undertake to achieve them.