National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS)

National Forest Land is forest, woods, open land and other property owned by Scottish ministers on the nation's behalf, and managed by us.

The National Forest Land Scheme gave community organisations, recognised non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and/or appropriate housing bodies the chance to buy or lease National Forest Land where they can provide increased public benefits.

Community Empowerment Act (2015) and changes to NFLS

The NFLS closed to applications on July 11 2016.

The Community Empowerment Act (2015) means new guidance for the sale or lease of National Forest Estate land to community bodies is now available from Forest Enterprise Scotland:

The National Forest Land Scheme guidance is now obsolete.

For more information contact:

Forest Enterprise Scotland
Head Office
Inverness Business Park
1 Highlander Way

NFLS progress

NFLS case studies

These case studies show the development of local projects on land bought from FCS under the NFLS: