The strategy, a blueprint of how forestry will be developed in the future, aims to ensure that Scotland’s woods and forests work to improve people’s health, support the economy and help to increase Scotland’s environmental quality.

Key themes which will address the opportunities and challenges facing forestry over the 21st century – and particularly the next 10 years – are climate change, timber, business and community development, access and health, environmental quality and biodiversity.

ConFor chief executive David Crichton said it was good that Forestry Commission Scotland had responded to industry comment. “We may not agree with every last detail or feel that everything we would like to have seen in the strategy eventually made it there, but we did get the chance to make our points and we will continue to make our case,” he said.