LINK response to Forest and Land Scotland’s consultation on its Corporate Plan, 10 July 2019
LINK’s response to the consultation on Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029, a Consultation Draft. 29 November 2018.
LINK’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 – 2020, Stage 2: Final Proposals by Agriculture Taskforce and Woodland Forum.
Letter to Forest Enterprise about the conditions of sale imposed on purchasers of former FES plantations, in particular commitments to maintain woodland management to UKWAS and UK Forestry Standards.
Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill In principle we welcome the fresh look at how the FCS can deliver for climate change but we are particularly uncomfortable, as we have highlighted before1, with woodland creation for carbon sequestration becoming the primary driver for the government and the National Forest Estate (NFE). … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK’s view is that the primary role of Scotland’s national forest estate is the protection and enhancement the environment, through the provision of environmental and social public benefits. This is backed up by demonstrating exemplar best practice, and supporting local communities and economies.
Despite the Minister’s positive comments about the levels of funding available for forestry, we would like to register our concern over the apparent inadequate budget available to deliver the proposed Scottish Forestry Strategy and other associated Scottish Executive commitments such as targets within the Biodiversity Strategy…
We are supportive of the overall objectives and tenor of the draft Scottish Forestry Strategy. In particular the emphasis placed on the wide social and environmental roles that Scottish forestry can provide, including supporting biodiversity, improvements to peoples quality of life, economic development, and adaptation to climate change. But, we have a number of concerns…
There has been an increasing recognition that targets to increase woodland cover to 25% of Scotland are inappropriate. Scotland remains one of the least forested countries in Europe, and whilst we do not want to see planting on inappropriate sites (such as peatlands or important semi natural habitats), we would like to see native woodland … Read More »
Response to Consultation on Draft Order: Amendment to Section 7 (10) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003
LINK supports the wording in the draft Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification) Order 2004. We believe that the modification of the Act will contribute to the achievement of the aim of Part 1 of the Act to ‘create greater opportunity for people to enjoy the countryside’.
The LINK Biodiversity Taskforce welcomed the launch of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy ‘It’s In Your Hands’ (SBS) and supports the concept of its focused delivery through detailed Implementation Plans. LINK members have been heavily involved in developing the Implementation Plans through the various working groups. While we believe the groups have succeeded in identifying what … Read More »
Response to the Forestry Commission Scotland consultation on review of the land they manage.
Woodland Taskforce response to the Forestry Commission consultation on refining the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme (SFSG)