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A Forest Enterprise Scotland commitment to health, safety and wellbeing


We know that forestry is serious business and that means it can be dangerous sometimes. We want all who visit or work in our forests to be safe. That's why we're committed to championing a vibrant health, safety and wellbeing culture.

Safer forestry

Sustainable forestry should also mean safer forestry for all, and we know there's always room to improve. Over the past year, we launched media to help build visitor awareness of what goes on in a working forest. This included a behind the scenes look at forestry, a close-up video of operations in action, interviews and an interactive story. We'll build on this during the months ahead. We want all visitors to feel empowered to enjoy the huge range of activities on the NFE safely.

Our vision

But we can't stop there. Today, we're sharing our vision for health, safety and wellbeing with a new landing page for industry and staff. This shares our vision for what makes a safer, healthier industry. It will develop into an important resource for best-practice guidance and advice, sharing what we think a safer industry looks like.

In the months ahead we'll build on this resource, and share words from our CEO on our successes and areas for improvement. We care about everyone who enjoys or works in our forests – that's why we're putting safety first.

Visit our health, safety and wellbeing page to see our FES commitment to safer forestry.