The Scottish Forestry Strategy


Forestry Commission Scotland's (FCS) mission is to protect and expand Scotland's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.

The Scottish Forestry Strategy is the Scottish Executive’s framework for taking forestry forward through the first half of this century and beyond. It sets out a vision of a forestry sector that is diverse and strong; in tune with the environment; employing many people in a wide range of enterprises; and providing the many other services and benefits that people need, now and for the future.

The Scottish Forestry Strategy (2006) (PDF 2.9MB) was launched on 9th October 2006.

Read the Scottish Forestry Strategy indicators 2015-16 (PDF 90KB)

Scottish Forestry Strategy implementation plan

  • The Scottish Forestry Strategy Implementation Plan (2015-18) and Progress Report (2014-15) (PDF 1.0MB) lays out directions for 2015-2018 by theme.
  • Description of Indicators (PDF 346k) provides background details to the indicators contained in the Scottish Forestry Strategy, reported on through the annual implementation/reporting process.
  • Scottish Forestry Strategy progress indicators (PDF 162KB) - published in May 2015.
    Coverage: Scotland
    Geographical Breakdown: none
    Statistician: Sheila Ward. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Discontinued indicators

Following a review of the 53 Scottish Forestry Strategy indicators, the collection of data for 25 will cease for a variety of reasons, including collection cost, others’ data collection ceasing or completed trends. There will now comprise a set of 28 future indicators for the Strategy.

The first Scottish Forestry Strategy (2000)

The first Scottish Forestry Strategy was launched in 2000 and guided the development of Scotland's expanding forest and woodland area. Read the Executive Summary (PDF 804k)