Community projects and activities
We encourage local people and communities to get involved with the use and management of Scotland's national forests. We actively engage with communities and work in partnership with them on a wide range of projects and activities.
This guide is for groups of people in the same local area, or groups of people with a common interest, who want to run activities, use or get involved in managing land or buildings in one of Scotland's national forests. It provides advice on what you'll need in place, how to make your initial approach and what you can expect from us.
A guide to Community Agreements
If you have read our overview of community projects and would like some information on what agreement may be right for your project, have a look at our guide:
This guide contains some key elements of different agreements to help you decide which might be best suited for your project. We are aware that every community project is different, so do contact us if you need further guidance.
We have also developed some case studies which provide examples of different agreements and how they work:
- Gallowhill Community Woodland Project (PDF 728KB)
- Glen Affric Partnership (PDF 743KB)
- Lesmahagow Development Trust Allotments (PDF 623KB)
Further information for community groups
You might also be interested in:
- Community benefits and opportunities from renewable energy developments
- Permissions and permits for short-term and one off events
- The Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) for ownership, lease or rights to use National Forest Estate land.
- Land management plan consultations
Get in touch
If you have any questions about taking a community project forward in our forests, contact your local Forestry and Land Scotland office.