The Central Scotland Forest is being created by a large number of people and organisations working in partnership, including members of the public, 15 "formal" partners, many "informal" partner organisations, and a wide range of other groups.
Many of these partner organisations have their own websites, some of which can be accessed directly from this page by clicking on the highlighted partners' names. Other interesting sites can be accessed through the Links section of the site.
The formal partners are:
Lord Sewel, Former Minister for Agriculture, the Environment and Fisheries, visiting Shotts Village Nature Park in the Central Scotland Forest
It delivers the Government's direct financial support for the Forest by providing core funding for CSCT;
through its Rural Affairs Department (SERAD), whose Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS) helps farmers to establish woodland developments by compensating them for up to 15 years for income foregone from land planted in trees;
The European Union - whose European Regional Development and Social Funds (ERDF and ESF) provide financial assistance for many Forest projects that support the image and economy of the area, such as new woodlands, reclamation of derelict land, and landscaping of prominent business sites.
through the Forestry Commission, whose Woodland Grant Scheme helps landowners with the costs of establishing new woodlands or managing existing ones; and
through Forest Enterprise, which, where appropriate, can buy land in the Forest area on which to establish and manage woodlands;
by administering the Government's grant towards the Forest;
with financial support for Forest projects that contribute to the protection and enhancement of Scotland's natural heritage;
with technical and legal advice; and
by contributing to the development of Forest policy on matters that impinge on the natural heritage.
- which provides policy and practical support for environmental projects that support economic regeneration
An attractive woodland setting for business
The Local Enterprise Companies (LECs) - which provide funding assistance for environmental improvements that support their efforts to regenerate the local economy. The four Forest LECs are Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh & Lothian, and Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire.
The Local Authorities - which provide funding and practical support for Forest projects and through policy development, particularly in the form of town and country planning and countryside recreation policies that support Forest objectives. The Forest's five local authorities are Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian and East Dunbartonshire Councils.
Launch of the Scottish Coal Charter for the Central Scotland Forest
There is also a wide range of "informal" partners who contribute to the Forest's development in many ways, especially by:
Among them are:
The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Historic Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), the Woodland Trust, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Scotland (BTCV Scotland), the Scottish Environmental Education Council (SEEC), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Sustrans, the Scottish Tourist Board (STB), British Waterways (BW), the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Timber Growers Association, Royal Scottish Forestry Society and private-sector forestry consultants and woodland advisers.
Airdrie to Bathgate cycleway developed by Sustrans with help from CSCT and now part of the national cycle network
Many other organisations and individuals also contribute financially and practically to the Forest, including farmers, private landowners, businesses, and local community and environmental groups.