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    The Woodlands In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme provides the focus for Forestry Commission Scotland's work on improving quality of life in towns and cities. This dataset relates to the second phase of the WIAT programme which started in April 2008. This dataset contains the boundary of approved WIAT applications. Additionally there are datasets which show the location of car parks and footpaths of WIAT applications.

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    The Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) provides incentives for people to create and manage woodlands on sites all over Great Britain. The Forestry Commission pays grants for establishing and looking after woodlands and forests. To qualify for grant the applicant must meet the standards of environmental protection and practice set out in the Forestry Commission’s guidelines. WGS3 was launched during September 1994 and was closed for new applications in Scotland in February 2003. It was then replaced by the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme (SFGS). Updates to scheme boundaries and grant aided areas were incorporated into the dataset on a regular basis until the end of 2012. No further changes will be made after this time.

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    Description: ======================================= This dataset applies to Felling Licence Application recieved by the Forestry Commission after 1st January 2012 and administered using Forestry Commission Scotland's Case Management System. ======================================= Anyone wishing to fell trees must ensure that a licence or permission under a grant scheme has been issued by the Forestry Commission before any felling is carried out or that one of the exceptions apply. You normally need to get permission from the Forestry Commission to fell growing trees. This is usually given in a Felling Licence or an approval under a grant scheme. In certain circumstances you may also need special permission from another organisation for any proposed felling. This sometimes applies even if you do not need a Felling Licence. Everyone involved in the felling of trees, whether doing the work or by engaging others, eg. the owner, agent, timber merchant or contractor, must ensure that a licence or approval under a grant scheme has been issued before any felling is carried out or that one of the exceptions apply. They must also ensure that the work is carried out in accordance with the terms of a Forestry Commission permission. If there is no licence or other valid permission, or if the wrong trees are felled, anyone involved can be prosecuted. Do not begin felling until the Forestry Commission have issued a licence or other permission. Any felling carried out without either a licence or other permission is an offence, unless it is covered by an exception. Full details are available in the Forestry Commission's booklet 'Tree Felling - Getting Permission'. Attributes: CASE_REF : Case reference number PROPERTY : Property name WOODLAND : Woodland name AREA_BL : Broadleaf area to be felled (for whole licenced area) AREA_CON : Conifer area to be felled (for whole licenced area) WOOD_OFFCR : Woodland Officer assigned to the case NRST_TOWN : Nearest town LOCAL_AUTH : Local Authority CONS : Conservancy GRID_REF : National Grid Reference STATUS : The current status of the application DECISION : The felling licence decision DECISN_DAT : The date of the licence decision EXPIRY_DAT : The date the licence expires RESTCK_DAT : The date of any restocking requirements FELL_TYPE : The type of felling operation EST_VOLUME : The estimated volume from felling in cubic meters. Applies to the specific operation EST_AREA : The applicants estimated area of felling. Applies to the specific operation CALC_AREA : The digitised (GIS) area of felling.

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    Description: The Dedication Scheme (Basis I & II) was introduced in 1947 in order to encourage landowners to retain their land in forestry and to introduce good forestry practice. Basis III was introduced in 1974, providing grants for new planting and additional supplements for broadleaves. The Dedication Scheme was closed to new applicants in 1981. Land still under Dedication could continue to be within the scheme but Dedication would terminate on a change of ownership. Dedication schemes without a Plan of Operations and therefore receiving no grant, are deemed to be under Negative Covenant. Dataset Attributes: Descriptor Dataset name Case_Name Dedication Scheme name Case_No Dedication Scheme reference number Basis Basis number of scheme (I, II or III) Date_Appr Date woodland became Dedicated PlanOfOps Period of current (or last) Plan of Operations Covenant Scheme in ‘Positive’ or ‘Negative’ Covenant Grid_Ref Grid Reference of property Agent_Name Name of agent acting on behalf of owner Total_Area Total area of scheme (* OL not always included) Man_Area Total area of scheme under management

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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 Commission '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 option provides grant aid to help owners or occupiers of forested land obtain and prepare the data they need to formulate a robust Deer Management Plan. The plan will help them control deer populations in order to secure the regeneration of broadleaved and/or diverse conifer species. This grant is for the work required to carry out the population survey and baseline damage assessment at a landscape scale. The aim of the Deer Management Plan must be to reduce deer densities to an agreed target. We would normally expect this to be in the range of 5 to 10 deer per square kilometre within three years, and then to maintain them at that level for a further two or more years. The actual deer density and the target population will depend upon the quality of the habitat and carrying capacity of the woodland, and the level of damage being experienced. The Deer Management Plan must be based on an accurate, independent third-party assessment of deer densities. The survey results will be used to develop a deer population model for the area in question, and hence a robust culling plan. This survey method may not be appropriate for all situations and so it is important that potential applicants discuss the proposal with local Forestry Commission Scotland staff as soon as possible.

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    Management Plans provided a simpler alternative to Forest Plans for woodlands under 100 hectares. They are required as part of the eligibility criteria for SRDP RDC-RP grants. However no grant payments are available for the preperation of management plans.The Management Plan must give a clear and concise description of the woodland and the indicative management proposals for 5 years. These must be in accordance with the principles of sustainable forest management as defined by the UK Forestry Standard. Basic attribute information is captured during the digitising process. This is subsequently joined to more comprehensive information which is entered in an Excel spreadsheet by Conservancy staff. Attributes ======= CASE_REF_NO: Management Plan reference number CONSERVANCY: Conservancy RPAC: Regional Proposal Assessment Committee GRID_REF: National Grid Reference CASE_OFFICER: Case Officer AGREED_AREA: Area agreed for the Management Plan DATE_AGREED: Plan start date DATE_EXPIRES: Plan end date

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    This interactive map service contains the following Forestry Commission Scotland administrative boundaries: - FC Conservancy boundaries - FC Forest District boundaries - Woodlands In & Around Towns (WIAT) - Central Scotland Green Network boundary (CSGN) The layers can be switched on and off independently of each other. Please note that the Conservancy and Forest District boundaries have both been generalised in order to speed screen refresh response time. Forestry Commission Scotland would like to thank Scottish Natural Heritage for their co-operation in hosting this web service on behalf of FCS. PLEASE NOTE: In order to upload this Web Map Service into desktop GIS (eg. ESRI's ArcGIS), copy and paste the 'OnLine Resource' URL shown below up to, and including the '?'. ie:- https://cagmap.snh.gov.uk/arcgis/services/fcs_admin_boundaries/MapServer/WMSServer?

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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 ********************************************************************************** DEER FENCE LINES: GRANT_TYPE DESCRIPTION 307 Deer fencing - light specification 308 Deer fencing - heavy specification 309 Upgrade stock to deer fence 329 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 334 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 340 Conversion of deer fence to stock 342 Deer fence removal 343 Marking Fenceline 344 Modifying Deer/caper: half wood @ 30cm 345 Modifying deer/caper: half wood @ 15cm 346 Modifying deer/caper: full length wdwork 347 Modify deer/caper - 1m droppers @ 30cm 348 Modify deer/caper - 1m droppers @ 15cm 407 Deer fencing - light specification 408 Deer fencing - heavy specification 409 Upgrade stock to deer fence 425 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 426 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 450 Conversion of deer fence to stock 452 Deer fence removal 453 Marking Fenceline 454 Modifying Deer/caper: half wood @ 30cm 455 Modifying deer/caper: half wood @ 15cm 456 Modifying deer/caper: full length wdwork 457 Modify deer/caper - 1m droppers @ 30cm 458 Modify deer/caper - 1m droppers @ 15cm 521 Deer fence removal 528 Deer fencing - light specification 529 Deer fencing - heavy specification 530 Deer fencing - temporary 531 Deer and rabbit fencing 532 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 533 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 534 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 612 Deer fencing - light specification 613 Deer fencing - heavy specification 614 Deer fencing - temporary 615 Deer and rabbit fencing 616 Upgrade stock to deer fence 617 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 618 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 619 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 702 Deer fence removal 916 Conversion of deer fence to stock 918 Deer fence removal 923 Deer fencing - light specification 924 Deer fencing - heavy specification 925 Upgrade stock to deer fence 926 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 927 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 929 Marking Fenceline 930 Modifying Deer/caper: half wood @ 30cm 931 Modifying deer/caper: half wood @ 15cm 932 Modifying deer/caper: full length wdwork 1007 Deer fencing - light specification 1008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 1009 Deer fencing - temporary 1010 Deer and rabbit fencing 1011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 1012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 1013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 1014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 1024 Marking Fenceline 2007 Deer fencing - light specification 2008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 2009 Deer fencing - temporary 2010 Deer and rabbit fencing 2011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 2012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 2013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 2014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 2024 Marking Fenceline 3007 Deer fencing - light specification 3008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 3009 Deer fencing - temporary 3010 Deer and rabbit fencing 3011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 3012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 3013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 3014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 3024 Marking Fenceline 4007 Deer fencing - light specification 4008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 4009 Deer fencing - temporary 4010 Deer and rabbit fencing 4011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 4012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 4013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 4014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 4024 Marking Fenceline 5007 Deer fencing - light specification 5008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 5009 Deer fencing - temporary 5010 Deer and rabbit fencing 5011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 5012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 5013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 5014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 5030 Marking Fenceline 6507 Deer fencing - light specification 6508 Deer fencing - heavy specification 6509 Deer fencing - temporary 6510 Deer and rabbit fencing 6511 Upgrade stock to deer fence 6512 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 6513 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 6514 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 6524 Marking Fenceline 7007 Deer fencing - light specification 7008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 7009 Deer fencing - temporary 7010 Deer and rabbit fencing 7011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 7012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 7013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 7014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 7024 Marking Fenceline 7507 Deer fencing - light specification 7508 Deer fencing - heavy specification 7509 Deer fencing - temporary 7510 Deer and rabbit fencing 7511 Upgrade stock to deer fence 7512 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 7513 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 7514 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 7524 Marking Fenceline 8007 Deer fencing - light specification 8008 Deer fencing - heavy specification 8009 Deer fencing - temporary 8010 Deer and rabbit fencing 8011 Upgrade stock to deer fence 8012 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 8013 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 8014 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 8024 Marking Fenceline 8507 Deer fencing - light specification 8508 Deer fencing - heavy specification 8509 Deer fencing - temporary 8510 Deer and rabbit fencing 8511 Upgrade stock to deer fence 8512 Deer/Caper fence: Full height woodwork 8513 Deer/Caper fence: Full wooden droppers 8514 Deer/Caper fence : half length woodwork 8524 Marking Fenceline ************************** 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. There is no non-spatial database table associated with this dataset. ********************************************************************************** Attributes: Scheme_No SFGS Scheme number Grant_Type SFGS Operation Code Obj_Code SFGS Objective (see above) Descriptor Description of data level SchemeName Name of SFGS Scheme Cons_Name Conservancy name Case_Offcr Case Officer name Grid_Ref National grid reference Local_Auth Local Authority name SchemeType Type of scheme (eg. SFGS, Forest Plan, etc) Agent_Name Forestry Agent Status Status of SFGS scheme Cont_Start Date contract started **************************************************************************************

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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 10,000 hectares of new woodlands per year - the sustainable management of existing woodlands WOODLAND CREATION - OPTIONS ============================== The aim of this category is to support the creation of new woodland that will bring economic, environmental and social benefits. These benefits include: - meeting our target to increase woodland cover by an extra 100,000 hectares between 2012 and 2022 - helping mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration - restoration of 'lost' habitats through developing forest habitat networks - supporting a sustainable forest industry by providing a reliable timber supply - protecting soil and water - providing community benefits through public access - enhancing urban areas and improving landscapes - supporting rural development through local businesses and farm diversification This dataset identifies areas approved for woodland creation under the following options: - Conifer - Diverse Conifer - Broadleaves - Native Scots Pine - Native Upland Birch - Native Broadleaves - Native Low-density Broadleaves - Small or Farm Woodlands - Native Broadleaves in Northern and Western Isles The polygons include areas of grant aided open ground (OG), but exclude non-grant aided other land (OL).