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Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Forestry Grant Scheme ( 8 May 2024)

Richard Leonard: Three weeks ago, I wrote to the cabinet secretary about the revelation that the private global investment company abrdn was paid a public grant of £2.5 million from Scottish Forestry in August 2023 for planting trees in the Cairngorms, even though the company increased its shareholdings in coal and oil and gas corporations in the US by £234 million in the same year. Last week, I received a...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Water Management (Financial Support) (17 Apr 2024)

Rachael Hamilton: When it comes to supporting farmers and landowners to protect riverbanks, the Scottish forestry grant scheme falls way short of England’s woodland creation offer. Just over the border from my constituency, uplift payments for riparian buffers are £2,500, whereas in Scotland, they are just £230. If, as you say, minister, your Scottish National Party Government takes flood...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: ...offer more protection. A peat depth of 30cm is the definition that is used in the peatland code and the UK peatland strategy, and Natural England will be applying it to common standards monitoring. Scottish Forestry has also recognised the importance of limiting damaging practices on peat, and it is not accepting any forestry grant scheme applications that include ploughing on soils where...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (United Kingdom Government Action) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Brian Whittle: Wow. In addition to completely eliminating the green economy as a line item from this year’s budget, the Scottish Government has slashed the budget for the Scottish National Investment Bank, Scottish Forestry, land managers, skills development and the Scottish Funding Council. How on earth does the Scottish Government plan to deliver its targets without properly funding the green economy or...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Graham Simpson: ...champion for the ash. Earlier, I asked a question about the forestry budget. The enormous cuts in the woodland grant budget will torpedo Scotland’s chances of meeting climate and nature targets. Scottish Forestry faces a cut in its grant budget of more than £32 million. The Scottish Government has increased its woodland creation targets every year, but the amount of woodland that is...

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Policies (Rural Economy) (17 Jan 2024)

Shona Robison: ...and marine sectors are vital to our economy, and that is why the Scottish budget has allocated more than £700 million to agricultural support and related services, along with £97.9 million across Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland and £93 million across Marine Scotland and support for fisheries and aquaculture. Scotland’s non-domestic rates relief package includes rural...

Scottish Parliament: Woodland Creation ( 7 Dec 2023)

Finlay Carson: ...mad rush to plant more trees, tens of thousands of hectares will be planted in the south of Scotland next year. Only this week, despite assurances that issues would be addressed before approval, Scottish Forestry approved the Mackilston scheme without any satisfactory arrangement having been reached with the residents at Kendoon and Blackwater. How will the Government address cumulative...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (20 Dec 2022)

Liam Kerr: .... I note that the strategy is already a week old. Waiting several weeks until after the recess fails to recognise the importance of the strategy. It is important that the issue is put into context. Scottish Forestry created only 9,500 hectares of new woodland last year, against the Scottish Government’s target of 13,500 hectares for 2021-22. The Government’s “State of Nature...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) ( 9 Nov 2022)

Màiri McAllan: ...attracting private finance to invest in woodland creation projects. Landowners who receive grants towards the cost of planting trees are allowed to register with the woodland carbon code. Recently, Scottish Forestry has strengthened the rules of the woodland carbon code to ensure that that carbon market is reliable, credible, has integrity and, crucially, creates additional resource. The...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 ( 8 Nov 2022)

Tom Arthur: ...clearer requirements and stronger language. That was directly in response to the Woodland Trust campaign, which I believe is what Mr Simpson is referring to. We have also worked closely with Scottish Forestry to define ancient woodlands, purposely referring to “Land that has maintained continuous woodland habitat” and not just to woodland itself. I am happy to take those measures...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Vacancies (21 Jul 2022)

Heather Wheeler: ... MI6 - Secret Intelligence Service 1 1 Government Actuary's Department Government Actuary's Department 1 5 Environmental Standards Scotland Environmental Standards Scotland 1 1 Scottish Forestry Scottish Forestry 1 1 Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority 1 1 UK Debt Management Office UK Debt Management Office 1 1 ...

Scottish Parliament: Bracken Control (Asulox) (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: ...the emergency application for the use of Asulox, I have sought out views from stakeholders, including those who currently use Asulox for bracken control. Last week, I met NFU Scotland, NatureScot, Scottish Forestry and the RSPB to hear their views, and they have all made their positions clear. I will continue to work closely with stakeholders and the other UK Administrations to explore...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments Schemes (Uptake) ( 9 Jun 2022)

Mairi Gougeon: The agriculture and rural economy directorate and Scottish Forestry operate a number of schemes that are accessible to farmers and crofters across Scotland. The Scottish Government communicates with potential applicants through emails and written correspondence where appropriate, as well as wider communications through social media and the press. In addition, we offer support for potential...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (Forestry Sector Jobs) (27 Apr 2022)

Màiri McAllan: ...of carbon. As I have said, there are also commitments to biodiversity support and to sustainable forest management, both of which are in line with Scottish Government objectives. For our part, Scottish Forestry will set out research this year on the different sequestration potential of the planting of different types of woodlands, as well as on the jobs that flow from those kinds of projects.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Tree Planting: Scotland (16 Mar 2022)

Alister Jack: ...30,000ha per year by the end of this Parliament. All of the administrations play a part in delivering the programme and to share best practice and work together on cross-border projects. In fact, Scottish Forestry is leading the review of the UK Forestry Standard, which sets out the UK’s approach to sustainable forest management, and the report is due for publication in late 2022.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trees: Storms ( 1 Mar 2022)

Rebecca Pow: ...of trees lost to storm activity is not routinely measured. However, as part of the response to Storm Arwen and subsequent named storms, the Forestry Commission is working with Forest Research, Scottish Forestry and the forestry industry to establish levels of damage sustained by our woodlands. A variety of assessment techniques are being used including satellite imagery, aerial surveys and...

Scottish Parliament: Storm Barra (Power Cuts) ( 8 Dec 2021)

Rachael Hamilton: ...told me that felling legislation urgently needs to be revisited in the light of the storm, to help the industry with the clear-up and replanting. What additional resource is being provided to Scottish Forestry to fast-track those applications?

Scottish Parliament: Community Land Ownership (30 Sep 2021)

Rhoda Grant: ...Highlands. Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust? has just bought thousands of acres in the Cairngorms national park. Gresham House is promoting a £300 million private investment that has Scottish forestry firmly in its sights. What unites that group of buyers is the climate emergency. It provides the chance to build corporate reputation, enhance market share and grow corporate...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (14 Sep 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ...and biosecurity of domestic tree production and by establishing a new Impact Fund to leverage private green finance to boost tree planting rates. [i] Source: Forestry Commission, Forestry England, Scottish Forestry, Forestry and Land Scotland, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service grant schemes.

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics 2019 (15 Jun 2021)

Brian Whittle: I spoke to the Woodland Trust yesterday. The trust, Scottish Environment LINK and other stakeholders are concerned that Scottish Forestry is holding back publication of the guidance for soil cultivation in forestry operations. They feel that there will be consequences for Scotland’s net zero pathway, and that carbon released from soil disturbance in ploughing peaty soil could make some...


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