Last week we launched the Woodland Challenges for Scotland. The document sets out a number of key actions we want to see the Scottish Government, Local Authorities and the Forestry Commission Scotland carry out in the next few years, to further protect and enhance woodland in Scotland.
At a time when Scotland is facing new and complicated proposals about how we raise money to tackle climate change using the Public Forest Estate, this document is a reminder of how much there is still to do on issues including: biodiversity, protection from planning developments, native woodland creation and quality of life, learning and health.
These proposals from the Scottish Government to lease around 25% of the National Forest Estate to raise money for climate change could have the potential to offer an increase in native woodland creation but there are still a lot of questions to be answered and all sides have concerns. If you want to know more about the proposals, visit the consultation pages of the Forestry Commission Scotland’s website.
Next year the Woodland Trust will have been established in Scotland for 25 years. Much has changes in forestry over that time but there are still difficult challenges to face. We challenge the Scottish Government and it’s agencies to do more to protect ancient trees and woods of high conservation value – having a look at our Woodland Challenges for Scotland is a good place to start.