The National Forest Estate makes up almost one third of Scotland's woodlands. It is managed on behalf of the Scottish people by Forest Enterprise Scotland, an agency of the Forestry Commission.

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Many people think this means timber production, and that’s true – but it's only part of the story. Our work includes developing renewable energy schemes, creating and maintaining trails and visitor facilities, and conserving the estate's habitats, wildlife and archaeological treasures

Timber industry

The timber industry is worth more to Scotland than the fishing industry, and provides more than 30,000 jobs across the wood production, forest management, haulage and processing sectors.

Renewable energy

We have a target to install 1.2GW of renewable energy capacity on the National Forest Estate by 2020, with the aims of tackling climate change, benefiting local communities and creating sustainable forests.

Conservation and environment

Thousands of plants and animals make their home in our forests, from golden eagles and red deer to some of the rarest plant species in the UK. We also maintain numerous archaeological sites, some over 8,000 years old.

Tourism and recreation

We’ve built (and maintain) more than 1,200km of walking tracks and 130 cycle routes across the National Forest Estate, not to mention our visitor centres and wildlife viewing spots.


We help communities get involved with their local National Forest Estate woodlands - holding events, benefiting from renewable energy schemes and even purchasing land for community benefit.

Health, safety and wellbeing

We're committed to keeping our people safe and all those who visit our forests. Read more about our vision for a strong health, safety and wellbeing culture to make forestry safer for all.