The rich diversity of forestry in Aberdeenshire is very important not only in economic terms but environmentally, socially and culturally.
Forestry is an important part of the rural economy, providing employment directly in timber management and production and indirectly in associated business including tourism. Woodland areas composed predominantly of native species are particularly important for biodiversity and landscape.
Forest and Woodlands Strategy
Together with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council have produced a Forest and Woodlands Strategy for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.
The strategy aims to ensure the sustainable management of woodlands and forests of Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City and provides a framework for woodland development and management over coming years. This links with the wider national aims of the Scottish Forestry Strategy.
Work on the strategy is currently focusing on creating and enhancing woodlands in many of Aberdeenshire's less wooded settlements. Woodland In and Around Towns (WIAT) projects aim to improve the quality and setting of urban areas creating opportunities for recreation, biodiversity and enjoyment of a wooded landscape right on your doorstep.
The Forestry Commission Scotland in conjunction with grants available through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) administers the planning and management of forestry. Aberdeenshire Council are a statutory consultee of the Forestry Commission Scotland and consider applications for grant funding, as well as felling licence applications, Forest Plans (plans for private forestry) and Forest Design Plans (plans for the national forest estate) to ensure they are beneficial to the landscape and biodiversity of the area, enhance provisions for public access and do not have an adverse impact on flooding or water quality.
For further information on grants and licences for forestry contact the Forestry Commission Scotland
Grampian Regional Forestry Forum
Forestry Commission Scotland established five regional forestry forums across Scotland to advise on forestry policy and practice in their areas. The Grampian Regional Forestry Forum meets four times a year. One of the main aims of the Forum is to advise the Forestry Commission Scotland on the regional implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and to provide a regional perspective on the Strategy’s future development.