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    National Forest Estate Bridges are managed by Forestry Civil Engineering in one of the Forestry Commission's Forester GIS modules. This data set comprises location and category of construction. Attributes; FCE_REF - Unique ID ref LOCATION - Geographical descriptor GRID_REF - Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference BRIDGE_TYPE - Bridge construction type

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    Scotland’s woodlands and forests are a vital national resource and play an important role in rural development and sustainable land use. As well as helping to reduce the impacts of climate change and providing timber for industry, our forests enhance and protect the environment and provide opportunities for public enjoyment. The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) will support: - the creation of new woodlands, contributing towards the Scottish Government target of over 10,000 hectares of new woodlands per year - the sustainable management of existing woodlands WIG RESTRUCTURING REGENERATION - CLAIMS ========================================= This option aims to improve the biodiversity, resilience and species diversity of woodlands in the long term. This will be achieved through restructuring their age and species composition at the point of re-planting following felling. Restructuring Scotland’s woodlands will help deliver against the outcomes in the Scottish Forestry Strategy. Two grant rates are available: 1) Delivering UK Forestry Standard Woodland 2) Delivering Diversity and Resilience Woodland and there are two steps to determine whether your proposal will be eligible. Please use the URL link below for further details. The polygons in this dataset identify the spatial location of tree species grant aided under FGS and the planting year. All areas of grant aided open ground (OG) and non-grant aided other land (OL) are excluded from this dataset.

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    Woodland Creation forms part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020. The SRDP delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Utilising some £1,326m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding, plus Scottish Government match funding, it funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. The SRDP is co-funded by the European Commission and the Scottish Government and reflects the 6 EU Rural Development Priorities. The programme also reflects the Scottish Government National Policy Framework (NPF). The aim of the Forestry Grant Scheme woodland creation category is to support the creation of new woodlands that will provide a range of economic, environmental and social benefits which include: - delivery of the Scottish Government target to extend woodland cover by an additional 100,000 hectares over the period of 2012-2022 - climate change mitigation by tackling greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration - restoration of lost habitats through developing forest habitat networks - underpinning a sustainable forest industry by providing a reliable timber supply - protecting the soil and water environment - providing community benefits through public access - enhancing urban areas and improving landscapes - supporting rural development through local businesses and farm diversification A fundamental consideration when creating new woodland is whether or not the tree species is appropriate to the site. You should carry out an appropriate site based assessment of soil and vegetation to match species choice with the particular site. Forestry Research 'Ecological Site Classification' (ESC) decision support system helps guide forest managers and planners to select ecologically suited species to sites. ESC considers: windiness; temperature; moisture; continentality; soil moisture and soil nutrients. This helps to determine suitability of the chosen species to the site and identifies it as: poor; marginal; suitable or very suitable. In order to be considered for SRDP grant support the overall suitability for your chosen species must be either 'very suitable' or 'suitable'. As an initial first step in determining suitability, the polygons in this dataset represent the climatic suitability of the chosen tree species to the site. Climatic suitability, based on ESC uses the following climatic site factors: - Accumulated temperature - Moisture deficit - Exposure (Detailed Aspect Method Scoring [DAMS]) - Continentality NOTE: This datasets does NOT take into account any soils information. Any application that is identified on the map as being either 'unsuitable' or 'marginal' may still be considered - but only if you clearly demonstrate that the site is 'suitable' for the chosen species of tree (for example where there is localised shelter in an otherwise exposed location). The woodland creation category has nine options and the associated aims are: - 'Conifer' To create conifer woodlands on land that is suitable for timber production and that is accessible for timber transport (including links to suitable public roads). This option is principally aimed at planting Sitka spruce. - 'Diverse Conifer' To create conifer woodlands on land that is suitable for timber production and that is accessible for timber transport (including links to suitable public roads). This option is aimed at planting conifer species other than Sitka spruce. - 'Broadleaves' To create broadleaved woodlands on land that is suitable for sawn and prime timber and that is accessible for timber transport (including links to suitable public roads). - 'Native Scots Pine' To create or expand native pinewood priority habitat (NVC) W18 - 'Native Upland Birch' The creation of native upland birch woodland of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) W4: Downy Birch with Purple Moor Grass on shallow peaty soils. - 'Native Broadleaves' To create native broadleaved priority woodland habitats of the following National Vegetation Classification (NVC) types: W6 Alder with Stinging Nettle W7 Alder-Ash with Yellow Pimpernel W8 Ash, Field maple with Stinging Nettle W9 Ash, Rowan with Dogs Mercury W10 Oak (penduculate) with Bluebell Hyacinth W11 Oak (sessile), Downy Birch with Bluebell/wild Hyacinth W16 Oak, Birch W17 Oak (sessile), Downy Birch with Bilberry/Blaeberry - 'Native Low Density Broadleaves' To create specific native woodland or scrub habitats; including areas of ecotones for black grouse, treeline woodlands, juniper and other forms of scrub woodland and wood pasture systems. Normally associated with other woodland habitats in a transitional situation (eg. transition onto open hill: Black Grouse; Montane Scrub). - 'Small or Farm Woodland' To create small scale mixed broadleaved and conifer woodlands on farms and other rural land. - 'Native Broadleaves in Northern & Western Isles' To create native woodlands that contributes to the Orkney, Shetland or Western Isles woodland strategies. DATASET ATTRIBUTES: - Suitability - ie. 'Very Suitable', 'Suitable', 'Marginal', 'Unsuitable' or 'Inland Water'

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    This dataset is derived from data supplied the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and is based on information from the BTO Bird Atlas 2007-11. Scottish Forestry would like to thanks BTO for their approval to use this data. The areas defined in this dataset can help support predator control to benefit black grouse which are vulnerable to predation. This support is offered via the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) - Sustainable Management of Forests - Species Conservation - Predator Control for Capercaillie and Black Grouse.

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    Scotland’s woodlands and forests are a vital national resource and play an important role in rural development and sustainable land use. As well as helping to reduce the impacts of climate change and providing timber for industry, our forests enhance and protect the environment and provide opportunities for public enjoyment. The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) will support: - the creation of new woodlands, contributing towards the Scottish Government target of over 10,000 hectares of new woodlands per year - the sustainable management of existing woodlands PUBLIC ACCESS - WIAT ================== This option aims to provide support for the sustainable management of urban woodlands for public access. Urban woodlands are those located within one kilometre of settlements with a population of over 2000 people. Support is provided to ensure the management of the woodland achieves the Woods In and Around Towns Management Standard. This is an annual grant to support the costs of the maintenance of urban public amenity areas in existing woodlands. It supports the ongoing activities of: - carrying out annual tree and path safety inspections - keeping access routes free of litter and tree debris - keeping paths and signs and recreational facilities up to an acceptable standard

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    Woodland Creation forms part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020. The SRDP delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Utilising some £1,326m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding, plus Scottish Government match funding, it funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. The SRDP is co-funded by the European Commission and the Scottish Government and reflects the 6 EU Rural Development Priorities. The programme also reflects the Scottish Government National Policy Framework (NPF). The aim of the Forestry Grant Scheme woodland creation category is to support the creation of new woodlands that will provide a range of economic, environmental and social benefits which include: - delivery of the Scottish Government target to extend woodland cover by an additional 100,000 hectares over the period of 2012-2022 - climate change mitigation by tackling greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration - restoration of lost habitats through developing forest habitat networks - underpinning a sustainable forest industry by providing a reliable timber supply - protecting the soil and water environment - providing community benefits through public access - enhancing urban areas and improving landscapes - supporting rural development through local businesses and farm diversification A fundamental consideration when creating new woodland is whether or not the tree species is appropriate to the site. You should carry out an appropriate site based assessment of soil and vegetation to match species choice with the particular site. Forestry Research 'Ecological Site Classification' (ESC) decision support system helps guide forest managers and planners to select ecologically suited species to sites. ESC considers: windiness; temperature; moisture; continentality; soil moisture and soil nutrients. This helps to determine suitability of the chosen species to the site and identifies it as: poor; marginal; suitable or very suitable. In order to be considered for SRDP grant support the overall suitability for your chosen species must be either 'very suitable' or 'suitable'. As an initial first step in determining suitability, the polygons in this dataset represent the climatic suitability of the chosen tree species to the site. Climatic suitability, based on ESC uses the following climatic site factors: - Accumulated temperature - Moisture deficit - Exposure (Detailed Aspect Method Scoring [DAMS]) - Continentality NOTE: This datasets does NOT take into account any soils information. Any application that is identified on the map as being either 'unsuitable' or 'marginal' may still be considered - but only if you clearly demonstrate that the site is 'suitable' for the chosen species of tree (for example where there is localised shelter in an otherwise exposed location). The woodland creation category has nine options and the associated aims are: - 'Conifer' To create conifer woodlands on land that is suitable for timber production and that is accessible for timber transport (including links to suitable public roads). This option is principally aimed at planting Sitka spruce. - 'Diverse Conifer' To create conifer woodlands on land that is suitable for timber production and that is accessible for timber transport (including links to suitable public roads). This option is aimed at planting conifer species other than Sitka spruce. - 'Broadleaves' To create broadleaved woodlands on land that is suitable for sawn and prime timber and that is accessible for timber transport (including links to suitable public roads). - 'Native Scots Pine' To create or expand native pinewood priority habitat (NVC) W18 - 'Native Upland Birch' The creation of native upland birch woodland of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) W4: Downy Birch with Purple Moor Grass on shallow peaty soils. - 'Native Broadleaves' To create native broadleaved priority woodland habitats of the following National Vegetation Classification (NVC) types: W6 Alder with Stinging Nettle W7 Alder-Ash with Yellow Pimpernel W8 Ash, Field maple with Stinging Nettle W9 Ash, Rowan with Dogs Mercury W10 Oak (penduculate) with Bluebell Hyacinth W11 Oak (sessile), Downy Birch with Bluebell/wild Hyacinth W16 Oak, Birch W17 Oak (sessile), Downy Birch with Bilberry/Blaeberry - 'Native Low Density Broadleaves' To create specific native woodland or scrub habitats; including areas of ecotones for black grouse, treeline woodlands, juniper and other forms of scrub woodland and wood pasture systems. Normally associated with other woodland habitats in a transitional situation (eg. transition onto open hill: Black Grouse; Montane Scrub). - 'Small or Farm Woodland' To create small scale mixed broadleaved and conifer woodlands on farms and other rural land. - 'Native Broadleaves in Northern & Western Isles' To create native woodlands that contributes to the Orkney, Shetland or Western Isles woodland strategies. DATASET ATTRIBUTES: - Suitability - ie. 'Very Suitable', 'Suitable', 'Marginal', 'Unsuitable' or 'Inland Water'

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    Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme - SFGS Following publication of the Scottish Executive’s Scottish Forestry Strategy 'Forests for Scotland' the opportunity was taken to review the Woodland Grant Scheme and the Farm Woodland Premium Scheme and give them a greater Scottish focus. The resulting scheme - the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme (SFGS) - encouraged the creation and management of woods and forests to provide economic, environmental and social benefits. Grants were available under three main areas: - Grants for woodland expansion - creating new woodlands. - Restocking grants, for replanting following felling. - Stewardship grants, for a range of activities in existing woodlands. Applications for SFGS grants started in June 2003 and closed in August 2006. Most grants for SFGS were based on a percentage of Standard Costs of agreed operations. The Standard Cost took account of the costs of labour, plants, machinery, materials and supervision to do work to the specification as set out in the SFGS Standard Costs and Specifications Booklet. Depending upon the level of public benefit, grant payments were either at 60% or 90% of the Standard Cost. In the case of restocking, Standard Costs were mostly pitched at 75% of the new planting Standard Costs. Grants were available for planting proposals that met one or more of the following objectives: - Establishing well-designed productive woodland. - Expanding areas of native woodland, preferably through natural regeneration and the development of Forest Habitat Networks. - Improving riparian habitat. - Improving the quality and setting of urban or post-industrial areas. - Improving the diversity of the farmed and crofting landscape. Details of all eligible operations are set out within the 'Applicants Booklet' available from Conservancy Offices. ************************SFGS OBJECTIVES**************************** The abbreviations below list the SFGS objectives proposals are designed to meet: Establishment grants P1 to establish well-designed productive forest P2 to expand the area of native woodland P3 to improve a riparian habitat P4 to improve the quality and setting of urban or post-industrial areas P5 to improve the diversity of the farmed/crofting landscape Stewardship Grants S1 to improve timber quality S2 to reduce deer numbers S3 to improve the ecological value of native woodlands S4 to improve woodland biodiversity S5 to enhance landscape value S6 to develop alternative systems to clear-felling S7 to develop woodland recreation S8 to develop community involvement Restocking grants R1 to produce well designed productive forest R2 to restore areas of native woodland R3 to improve riparian habitat R4 to improve the quality and setting of urban or post-industrial areas R5 to improve the diversity of the farmed/crofting landscape Felling F1 Clear felling F2 Selective felling F3 Continuous Cover F4 Thinning Other land OL is not grant aided ************************** SPATIAL DATA ********************************** There are four spatial datasets associated with SFGS. These represent the scheme boundaries, management plan boundaries, sub-compartment boundaries and deer fence lines within each approved SFGS scheme. Each SFGS spatial dataset is accompanied by a specific non-spatial database table. The datasets can be related to each other on a 'many to one' basis. This reflects the fact that many SFGS operations may occur within one spatial geography (eg.a sub-compartment). The 'SFGS Sub-Compartments' spatial dataset can be 'related' to the 'SFGS Link Sub-Compartment Operations' table using the 'SC_Link' attribute field. ********************************************************************************** SFGS Sub-Compartments - Spatial Attributes :- Attributes: SchemeNo SFGS Scheme number Compt_No Compartment number Sub_Compt Sub compartment letter SC_Link Concatenated field used to relate spatial data to table Descriptor Description of spatial feature SchemeName Name of SFGS Scheme Cons_Name Conservancy Cont_Start Date contract started Grid_Ref National grid reference Local_Auth Local Authority Status Scheme status ***************************************************************************** SFGS Link Sub-Compartment Operations - Database Table Attributes :- Atributes: SC_Link Concatenated field used to relate table to spatial data Scheme_Type Type of scheme (SFGS, Forest Plan, etc) Grant_Type Grant type code Descriptor Description of grant type Claim_No Claim number Inst_No Instalment number for planting Quantity Length, number or area of operation Unit Unit of operation (eg. metres, visits, hectares) Pct_Cost Percentage of total cost paid under SFGS Pay_Rate Payment rate per unit (£) Grant _Paid Amount of grant paid (£) Pay_In_FY Financial year in which payment should be made Species Tree species PYear Planting year Area_ha Area in hectares Stock_Dens Stocking density of planting Obj_Code SFGS Objective code (see above for full descriptions) *****************************************************************************

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    Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme - SFGS Following publication of the Scottish Executive’s Scottish Forestry Strategy 'Forests for Scotland' the opportunity was taken to review the Woodland Grant Scheme and the Farm Woodland Premium Scheme and give them a greater Scottish focus. The Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme (SFGS) - encouraged the creation and management of woods and forests to provide economic, environmental and social benefits. Grants were available under three main areas: - Grants for woodland expansion - creating new woodlands. - Restocking grants, for replanting following felling. - Stewardship grants, for a range of activities in existing woodlands. Applications for SFGS grants started in June 2003 and closed in August 2006. Most grants for SFGS were based on a percentage of Standard Costs of agreed operations. The Standard Cost took account of the costs of labour, plants, machinery, materials and supervision to do work to the specification as set out in the SFGS Standard Costs and Specifications Booklet. Depending upon the level of public benefit, grant payments were either at 60% or 90% of the Standard Cost. In the case of restocking, Standard Costs were mostly pitched at 75% of the new planting Standard Costs. Grants were available for planting proposals that met one or more of the following objectives: - Establishing well-designed productive woodland. - Expanding areas of native woodland, preferably through natural regeneration and the development of Forest Habitat Networks. - Improving riparian habitat. - Improving the quality and setting of urban or post-industrial areas. - Improving the diversity of the farmed and crofting landscape. Details of all eligible operations are set out within the 'Applicants Booklet' available from Conservancy Offices. ************************SFGS OBJECTIVES**************************** The abbreviations below list the SFGS objectives proposals are designed to meet: Establishment grants P1 to establish well-designed productive forest P2 to expand the area of native woodland P3 to improve a riparian habitat P4 to improve the quality and setting of urban or post-industrial areas P5 to improve the diversity of the farmed/crofting landscape Stewardship Grants S1 to improve timber quality S2 to reduce deer numbers S3 to improve the ecological value of native woodlands S4 to improve woodland biodiversity S5 to enhance landscape value S6 to develop alternative systems to clear-felling S7 to develop woodland recreation S8 to develop community involvement Restocking grants R1 to produce well designed productive forest R2 to restore areas of native woodland R3 to improve riparian habitat R4 to improve the quality and setting of urban or post-industrial areas R5 to improve the diversity of the farmed/crofting landscape Felling F1 Clear felling F2 Selective felling F3 Continuous Cover F4 Thinning Other land OL is not grant aided ************************** SPATIAL DATA ********************************** There are four spatial datasets associated with SFGS. These represent the scheme boundary, management plan boundaries, sub-compartment boundaries and deer fence lines within each approved SFGS scheme. The spatial datasets are related to the GLS database on a 'many to one' basis. This reflects the fact that many operations may occur within one sub-compartment. Data is captured against OS Mastermap. ********************************************************************************** Management Plan Operation References 200 - Reducing deer numbers 300 - Management plan for semi natural woodland 301 - Survey for woodland condition 302 - Biodiversity monitoring 400 - Management plan for semi natural woodland 401 - Survey for woodland condition 402 - Biodiversity monitoring 500 - Landscape design plan 501 - Landscape baseline survey 502 - Landscape monitoring 600 - Alternative system to clearfell. Site survey and stand appraisal. 601 - Management plan to develop alternative system to clearfell 602 - Alternative system to clearfell. Site monitoring. 603 - Alternative system to clearfell. Stand appraisal. 700 - Recreation area management plan 800 - Feasibility assessment 801 - Training/on-going community involvement (CGIS do not capture) 900 - Management Plan 901 - Woodland Survey 902 - Monitoring ************************** SPATIAL DATA ********************************** There are four spatial datasets associated with SFGS. These represent the scheme boundaries, management plan boundaries, sub-compartment boundaries and deer fence lines within each approved SFGS scheme. Each SFGS spatial dataset is accompanied by a specific non-spatial database table. The datasets can be related to each other on a 'many to one' basis. This reflects the fact that many SFGS operations may occur within one spatial geography (eg.a sub-compartment). The 'SFGS Management Plans' spatial dataset can be 'related' to the 'SFGS Link Management Plan Operations' table using the 'SC_Link' attribute field. ********************************************************************************** SFGS Management Plans - Spatial Attributes:- Attributes: SchemeNo SFGS Scheme number SC_Link Concatenated field used to relate spatial data to table Grant_Type Grant type code SchemeName Name of SFGS Scheme Cons_Name Conservancy Cont_Start Date contract started Local_Auth Local Authority Status Scheme status Obj_Code SFGS Objective code Descriptor Description of spatial feature ***************************************************************************** SFGS Link Management Plan Operations - Database Table Attributes:- Atributes: SchemeNo SFGS Scheme number SC_Link Concatenated field used to relate table to spatial data Scheme_Type Type of scheme (SFGS, Forest Plan, etc) Grant_Type Grant type code Descriptor Description of grant type Claim_No Claim number Quantity Length, number or area of operation Unit Unit of operation (eg. metres, visits, hectares) Pct_Cost Percentage of total cost paid under SFGS Pay_Rate Payment rate per unit (£) Grant _Paid Amount of grant paid (£) Pay_In_FY Financial year in which payment should be made Obj_Code SFGS Objective code (see above for full descriptions) *****************************************************************************

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    Woodland Creation formed part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2007 - 2013. The SRDP is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, utilising European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding plus Scottish Government match funding. The RDC-RP programme was designed to support rural Scotland between 2007 and 2013. Individuals and groups could seek funding to help deliver the Government's strategic objectives in rural Scotland. Woodlands are a vital sustainable natural resource and funding aimed to encourage the creation of new woodlands with grants that will contribute to the cost of their establishment. Within Rural Priorities there were eight woodland creation options. Productive conifer woodland (low cost) Productive conifer woodland (high cost) Productive broadleaved woodland Native Woodlands Naturally regenerated native woodland Mixed conifer/broadleaf woodland Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland Central Scotland Mixed Woodland The woodland creation boundary polygons in this dataset represent the total area covered by a single application and may encompass several different planting options and claim years. More details on specific options within a case can be found in the Woodland Creation Options - RDC dataset. Dataset Attributes: CASE_NO : SRDP RDC-RP Case Reference Number RPAC : Name of the RPAC Region (Regional Proposal Assessment Committee) ORGANISTN : Name of organisation responsible for administrating the case CASE_OFFICR : Name of Case Officer responsible for the case TOTAL_AREA : Total area approved for the case (hectares)

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    Woodland Creation formed part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2007 - 2013. The SRDP is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, utilising European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding plus Scottish Government match funding. The RDC-RP programme was designed to support rural Scotland between 2007 and 2013. Individuals and groups could seek funding to help deliver the Government's strategic objectives in rural Scotland. Woodlands are a vital sustainable natural resource and funding was aimed to encourage the creation of new woodlands with grants that contributed to the cost of their establishment. Within Rural Priorities there were eight woodland creation options. Productive conifer woodland (low cost) Productive conifer woodland (high cost) Productive broadleaved woodland Native Woodlands Naturally regenerated native woodland Mixed conifer/broadleaf woodland Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland Central Scotland Mixed Woodland The woodland creation polygons in this dataset represent the areas which were approved for new planting. Data was captured by the woodland creation option type and by the year that planting was intended to take place (claim year). A boundary which encompasses all the new planting options and claim years within a specific case is available in the Woodland Creation Boundary RDC dataset. Dataset Attributes: CASE_NO : SRDP RDC-RP Case Reference Number CLAIM_YEAR : Year planting is due to take place and grant claimed RPAC : Name of RPAC Region (Regional Proposal Assessment Committee) ORGANISTN : Name of organisation responsible for administering the case CASE_OFFCR : Name of Case Officer responsible for the case RDC_OPTION : RDC-RP Option Code and Description TOTAL_AREA : Total area of the option approved within the case