Despite a 40% increase in recorded woodland cover in the past 20 years to more than 1.3 million ha, the majority of people in Scotland believe the country’s forest and woodlands are decreasing.

The Forestry Commission Scotland‘s Public Opinion of Forestry 2005 survey also revealed that the Scottish public would like to see more forests and woodland, preferably within 10 minutes of their home.

Scottish forestry minister Rhona Brankin said this tied in with the Commission’s woods in and around towns initiative which is directing millions of pounds to using woodlands to improve people the lives of people living in towns and cities.