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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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We're offering new entrants to farming a unique opportunity to help start their business.

In 2012, our pilot offered new entrants the chance to lease part-time starter farms on Scotland's National Forest Estate. Following the pilot's success, which saw two new tenants in Fife, we rolled out the scheme with seven more tenancies.

We developed the initiative alongside our woodland creation activity. This delivers a vital part of Scottish Ministers’ climate change programme. It complements our wider commitment to maximising integrated land use on the Estate.

Successful applicants gain valuable experience in managing their own small-scale farm business. An important step before moving on to larger scale operations at the end of their lease.

Current opportunities

We have no Starter Farms opportunities right now.

Starter units

As well as starter farms, we're creating grazing opportunities on the Estate. These small business units provide new entrants with start-up grazing areas.

Go to Grazing Opportunities

Working for the next generation of farmers

The Starter Farms initiative is part of a wider commitment to develop new entrant opportunities across Scotland. It's supported by many public and private organisations in Scotland, who work together through the Farming Opportunities for New Entrants (FONE) group at Scottish Government. It encourages new people into agricultural and rural land-based businesses, matching opportunity with demand.

Partners/Useful Links

The Starter Farm Initiative was originally developed in partnership with:

Meet some of our starter farm tenants

It's always good to hear from others who have been in your situation:

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