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We manage Scotland's national forests on your behalf and we we want to help you get the most of your local woodland.

Consultation on Draft Communities Strategy

As Scotland’s largest land manager, we have a unique relationship with the many communities who live and work in and around Scotland’s national forests and land, as well as the many communities of interest who use these important natural resources.

We are developing a new Communities Strategy to help us achieve this. It sets out the principles and strategic priorities for our work with communities and, once finalised, will help us build an action plan.

We would like your input to the Strategy to ensure we have a robust structure to guide the development of the action plan, to increase the contribution of the national forests and land to building vibrant, sustainable, wealthier and resilient communities.

The consultation is open for 12 weeks and will close on 23 August 2022.

Draft Communities Strategy (PDF)

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If you would like a print copy of the Strategy or need any assistance please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also contact us by phone on 07557 207521, or write to: Communities Team, Forestry and Land Scotland, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road IV3 8NW.

Are you part of a community group?

We're always excited to see local people and communities make use of their nearby woodland. Whether holding events, running projects, managing or even purchasing land from us through the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS), we offer a number of opportunities for community groups to get involved.

We try not to have too many restrictions to how our forests can be used, but you may want to have a quick look at the permissions and permits required for some events and activities.


Do you want to volunteer?

There’s more to our work than chopping down trees and our volunteering opportunities reflect the diversity of our responsibilities. From helping construct mountain bike trails to replanting Caledonian forest; from welcoming visitors at our visitor centres to being a guide at our osprey projects, there will likely be an opportunity suitable for you.


Are you a business owner?

Much of our work is reliant on goods and services supplied by small to medium enterprises or micro-businesses. If your company specialises in land management, community/visitor services, catering or other business support areas, you may like to keep an eye on our procurement and tender opportunities or the facilities available for hire on the land we manage.


Do you live near one of our forests?

We review how each of our forests are managed every ten years and we’re always interested to hear the views of the people who use them.


Get in touch

Have a question about your local forest? Contact your local Forestry and Land Scotland office.

Regional office contact details