Our work with communities

We empower communities across Scotland by supporting community use, management and ownership of woodlands.

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How we support communities

  • We work with others like the Community Woodlands Association to make sure suitable advice and guidance is available

  • We provide funding, through the FCS Community Fund, for community groups to use and enjoy woods

  • We encourage engagement with local communities, and for woodland owners and managers to involve them more directly in the use and management of woods, when they can

Community Fund

The FCS Community Fund supports community groups and organisations that encourage people to use woods more. You can apply for activities taking place up until 31 March 2019.

For application forms, questions, or to discuss a potential project, you can contact your local FCS Conservancy.

Our communities work and Scottish Government

Our direct support for community woodland groups has helped to:

  • nurture strong, resilient and supportive communities< where people take responsibility for their actions and how they affect others.
  • increase the value and enjoyment of the built and natural, environment, helping to protect and enhance it for future generations.
  • tackle the significant inequalities in Scottish society.

These are practical, on-the-ground actions that support Scottish Government priorities.



Community Woodlands and Private Sector Forest Companies

This guide is useful for community woodland groups who are considering using private sector forestry skills and expertise to develop and deliver their forestry-related plans.