Views sought on draft communities strategy

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting feedback from people across north east Scotland on how to further grow its work with communities across the country and make best use of Scotland's national forest and land

By Morag Kuc
Friday, 3rd June 2022, 1:41 pm

FLS engages communities on decisions about how it manages the national forests through its land management plans and in a wide range of projects and activities – from staging events or facilitating community volunteering, to developing community renewables schemes or leasing or selling land through its pioneering Community Asset Transfer Scheme.

The body is now looking for feedback on how to increase the levels of community involvement to help deliver the objectives of local communities alongside its own.

In launching the consultation, Environment and Land Reform Minister, Mairi McAllan, said: “As Scotland’s largest land manager FLS makes a unique contribution towards biodiversity restoration and towards achieving Net Zero.

"But it also has a unique relationship with the many communities that live and work in and around Scotland’s national forests and land, as well as the many communities who use this important natural resource.

“FLS is now looking to build on its track record and help ensure more people engage with their work and help shape the forests and land around them.

"This is a great opportunity for people to comment on what is working well, what can be done better and what challenges and barriers need to be overcome so that more communities’ ambitions can be realised.”

The Communities Strategy will sit alongside FLS’ Visitor Services Strategy, and will focus on how communities can get more involved in the decisions, management and use of the national forests and land.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks from May 31.

Responses can be submitted online or via our Communities mailbox at [email protected]

You can also let them know if you are interested in being involved in future workshops to develop the action plan.