Forestry and woodlands

The first ever National Islands Plan for Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament for consideration.

The proposed National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for Scotland's island communities.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has annouced that an additional 20,000 trees will be planted in and around Beinn Eighe next year.

The commitment was made at the start of Scotland's Climate Week and is part of work to expand native woodlands on some of the country's National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

Find out about free assistance available for land managers considering the opportunities for woodland creation in this article from Scottish Forestry.

Significant opportunities exist for Land Managers to maximise their business productivity and sustainability by adding value to underproductive/marginal land through tree planting.

This autumn sees the launch of the first Great Scottish Squirrel Survey.

During National Red Squirrel Week (23-29 September), the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project is calling on people to get outdoors, explore nature and be on the lookout
for tufted ears and bushy tails.

SSRS monitors squirrel populations throughout the year, but autumn is a particularly rewarding time for squirrel-watching as they busy themselves gathering food and preparing for the colder months ahead.

Making Woodland Work for You: Exploring forestry opportunities on farm

Soil Association Scotland are hosting a poractical day exploring the benefits of planting and managing trees on your farm, including:

A practical day exploring the benefits of planting and managing trees on your land, including:

Trees: A crop with many benefits


Agroforestry for livestock and arable farms

Wednesday 25 September 10am–3pm, Tayside Institute, Newburgh, Fife
Thursday 26 September 10am–3pm, Blair Atholl Village Hall, Perthshire

Soil Association Scotland are hosting two events looking at what trees can do to improve your farm business. Topics to be covered include:

Scottish Wild Food Festival

The Scottish Wild Food Festival is a one-day festival that will take place on 14 September and is funded by Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER. 

Money Grows on Trees: Adding value to your farm with forestry

Come and find out what trees can do for your farm business. This practical day includes a visit to an FSC® certified forest and Mosstodloch sawmill and covers:

The Woodland Crofts Partnership has recently been awarded £33,000 over two years to support and promote the development of woodland crofts.

The announcement was made by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, when he attended the Nairn Show.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working with Forestry and Land Scotland to develop apprentices’ dyking skills as part of an Erasmus+ project to transfer traditional rural skills.