Scottish Forestry changes – important information for orienteering event organisers
As from the 1st April 2019 Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Enterprise Scotland no longer exist.
Two new Scottish Government agencies accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament have been created – Scottish Forestry https://forestry.gov.scot/ – responsible for forestry policy, support and regulations and (of most relevance to orienteers) Forestry & Land Scotland https://forestryandland.gov.scot/ which looks after managing and promoting Scotland’s national forests and land.
A revised Agreement can be found at https://forestryandland.gov.scot/images/corporate/pdf/permissions-permits/FLS-Scottish-Orienteering-master-agreement-010419.pdf and includes new contact names and email addresses.
Five Forest Regions now manage Scotland’s national forests, the National Forest Estate. They are responsible for harvesting trees and planting new ones, as well as wildlife, environment and heritage conservation. They also provide paths and facilities for you to enjoy the forests.
Permanent Orienteering Courses within the National Forest Estate are being reviewed. Maps currently available include Culbokie Wood, Ord Hill, Kinnoull Hill and South Achray.
Enjoy your time out in sunlit forests!