The Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, on 10th May 2017.

Stage 2 was completed on 13th December 2017 following consideration of over 130 amendments put forward to the draft Bill.

The updated draft Bill has been well-received by the sector chiefs and marks the first new forestry legislation in 50 years, as part of a larger programme of work to complete devolution of forestry to Scotland.

During the third and final stage, Parliament can consider further amendments and decide whether to pass or reject the Bill. A Stage 3 debate is expected in the coming weeks, with legislation expected to be on the statute books before the summer.

More details can be found on the Scottish Government and Forestry webpages.

For advice on the law relating to forestry and land management, please contact a member of our Land and Property team on 0131 228 8111 or at