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Simon Hodgson, Chief ExecutiveWe’re a Scottish Government agency with the important job of looking after something incredibly valuable to the people of Scotland and its visitors – Scotland’s national forests and land.

With 308 destinations across Scotland for visitors to explore, there’s no shortage of woods, forests and places of interest. Whether it’s stargazing from Galloway Forest Park, mountain-biking in Glentress, or discovering rare wildflowers and birds at Glenmore, there’s a special place for everyone.

Forestry and Land Scotland is run as a business, but all our incomes are reinvested [...] to the benefit of Scotland’s economy, environment and society.

The legs of a person planting a tree saplingAs well as helping people to enjoy the outdoors, we’re committed to increasing Scotland’s 'natural capital' – in other words, the natural resources that support our economy, society and environment. We do this in a number of ways from enhancing biodiversity, to providing vital timber supplies that support the forestry sector and many other businesses.

Forestry and Land Scotland is a 'public corporation' and is run as a business, but all our incomes are reinvested in the management of the national forests and land to the benefit of Scotland’s economy, environment and society.

I hope you’re able to visit one of our destinations, commune with nature by taking a woodland walk, or something more adventurous. Take a look at our blog or click ‘visit’ at the top of the page for ideas.

Simon Hodgson
Chief Executive, Forestry and Land Scotland
A family of four looking down at a forested glen from a hillside viewpoint at Craigvinean

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