Licences required for felling trees

A spate of unauthorised tree felling in Aberdeenshire and Moray has prompted Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) to remind landowners, householders and businesses that they will need a licence to fell trees.

Tim Gordon Roberts, for the FCS team in the area, said;

“It is an offence to fell over 5 m3 of trees without having a felling licence and anyone thinking of cutting down trees should really come and speak to us for advice and to check that they have covered all the bases.

“It can be quite a tricky thing because there are land management restrictions and planning controls that also prohibit felling – and there are some instances where a licence might not be required.

“That is why it’s always best to check with us in the local Conservancy office. If you get it wrong the penalties could involve court case and a fine - and you will still be required to replant the felled area.

“Our advice and the licence are free so please give us a call.”

Everyone involved in the felling of trees - the owner, agent, timber merchant or contractor - must ensure that a licence has been issued before any felling is carried out, unless any of the exemptions apply.

If there is no licence or other valid permission in place, or if the wrong trees are felled, anyone involved can be prosecuted.

If you would like advice or a support visit, please contact the FCS Grampian Conservancy team on 0300 067 6210.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.