Buy land or buildings
Surplus land and other property is offered for sale as part of our overall management of Scotland's national forests and land.
- You can read our disposal policy in the New Woodland Investment Programme.
- See our sales page if you want to buy land or buildings.
New Woodland Investment Programme 2018
In June 2018, 3600 ha of properties were identified for disposal.
In January 2017 3,700 ha of properties were identified for disposal.
Some woodlands listed are the subject of community interest under CATS. We will not proceed with these sales until the CATS process has been concluded.
Notification of disposals to communities and other bodies
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 gives communities the right to request to purchase, lease or for rights over public land. The Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) sets out how Forestry and Land Scotland deliver the requirements of Act and how communities can make an Asset Transfer Request for any land or property on the National Forest Estate. We will continue to notify communities of any proposed sale of land before it is offered on the open market. Guidance on making a request is available on our CATS pages and the Scottish Government's Asset Transfer pages.
As an extension to CATS, we will give housing bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations the chance to buy land notified for sale before it is on the open market.
Current notifications are listed below. Communities also have certain legal rights to apply to buy any land for sale under the community right to buy provisions.
- Current notifications (PDF 5KB) - Updated 22 July 2019.
Sales that are not notified
Unless there is known community interest, we will not notify sales such as:
- Sales of houses or other developed sites to the sitting tenant
- Sales providing public benefit, such as road-widening schemes
- Exchanges of forest or open land to rationalise boundaries or landholdings
- Sales of small areas of land to the adjoining owner.
Boundary adjustments and sale or lease of small areas of land
Read our policy (PDF 70KB) on dealing with direct requests from neighbours or other private interests wishing to acquire part of the National Forest Estate.