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Revised guidance for local authorities on the preparation of Indicative Forestry Strategies has been issued for con...
Revised guidance for local authorities on the preparation of Indicative Forestry Strategies has been issued for consultation by The

Scottish Office.

Indicative Forestry Strategies provide an assessment of opportunities

for new woodland planting, balancing the needs of forestry with other

land uses and environmental factors. They are prepared by planning

authorities in consultation with interested bodies such as the Forestry Commission and Scottish National Heritage.

Commenting on the draft guidance, Scottish agriculture and fisheries

minister Lord Sewel said:

'The government is aware of the value of woodlands and the need for

local authorities to work with interested bodies to ensure that the right type of trees are planted in the right places. The continued

development of Indicative Forestry Strategies represents an excellent

way of nurturing this kind of partnership.

'Previous guidance was issued in 1990 and the revised draft reflects

the positive role of forestry and the many benefits that may be derived from it.'


1. Indicative Forestry Strategies are based on mapped information

on features such as existing woodlands, other land uses, the suitability of the land for planting and a range of environmental factors.

2. Preparation of Indicative Forestry Strategies is part of the local

authorities' structure planning process. They are used partly to inform those developing forestry proposals of where new woodlands are most likely to be acceptable. They are also used as a framework for the local authorities' own responses to consultations by the Forestry

Commission, on applications by private woodland developers for

approval under the Woodland Grant Scheme.

3. The Scottish Office commissioned an evaluation of Indicative

Forestry Strategies which was jointly funded by The Scottish Office,

the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage. The

evaluation was undertaken by the Turnbull Jeffrey partnership and

Roger Sidaway.

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