Strategic Directions for the National Forest Estate


Forestry Commission woodlands are independently certified as sustainably managed under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard. Keeping people informed of management proposals affecting The National Forest Estate is an important part of maintaining this certification.

The strategic directions document lays out in broad terms the story of, nature of, and vision for the NFE. 

 Accompanying documents are at the foot of the page.

The existing Strategic Plan covers the period 2009 to 2013, and can be found at along with details of the previous consultation. This consultation is for the successor document

The document does not propose any major shift in the direction or balance of delivery from the NFE. However, we have used a very different approach for this strategic directions document, seeking to broaden its relevance to a wider audience, with a greater emphasis on:

  • describing what the NFE is and delivers for the nation
  • laying out our high-level vision for the Estate with strategic principles and directions, to guide its management and use. 


The way these strategic directions will be implemented is described and reported in greater detail through:


Strategic direction setting is being guided by Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 176k)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening is being undertaken to supplement the full SEA carried out for the previous version (see 

Read the SEA screening report (PDF 170k).

Regional implementation plans will be subject to SEA and EqA screening.

Why we are consulting

We are seeking views on the draft proposals of the 'Strategic Directions for the National Forest Estate'.

  • The proposed approach to communicating what the NFE is and what it delivers.
  • Strategic directions and management principles for the NFE.
  • Whether there are any strategic gaps or omissions.

The consultation runs until Friday 12th October 2012.

For further information, please email, or write to:

Hilda M Todd
Administration Manager
Forest Enterprise Scotland Head Office
1 Highlander Way
Inverness Business Park

+44 (0)1463 232811 (switchboard)
+44 (0)1463 252612 (direct)
+44 (0)7766 497444 (mobile)

What happens next

Consultation responses will be processed during October 2012 and will be taken into account for drafting a final version of the Strategic Directions document.

The final version of the document is due for publication in late December 2012.

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Hilda Todd (Administration Manager) 01463 252612


Consultation is Closed

Ran from 16 Jul 2012 to 12 Oct 2012

Other Information


  • People of Scotland,
  • Those with an interest in Scotland


  • Land Use