FGS SMF Public Access - WIAT

Scotland’s woodlands and forests are a vital national resource and play an important role in rural development and sustainable land use.

As well as helping to reduce the impacts of climate change and providing timber for industry, our forests enhance and protect the environment and provide opportunities for public enjoyment.

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) will support: - the creation of new woodlands, contributing towards the Scottish Government target of over 10,000 hectares of new woodlands per year - the sustainable management of existing woodlands


This option aims to provide support for the sustainable management of urban woodlands for public access.

Urban woodlands are those located within one kilometre of settlements with a population of over 2000 people.

Support is provided to ensure the management of the woodland achieves the Woods In and Around Towns Management Standard.

This is an annual grant to support the costs of the maintenance of urban public amenity areas in existing woodlands. It supports the ongoing activities of:

  • carrying out annual tree and path safety inspections
  • keeping access routes free of litter and tree debris
  • keeping paths and signs and recreational facilities up to an acceptable standard

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Last Updated October 11, 2023, 12:07 (UTC)
Created March 8, 2017, 12:33 (UTC)