Cross-party support for Confor's 2021 Scottish Parliament elections manifesto
26 March 2021
Confor’s manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections - designed to build on the 21st century success story of forestry and wood - has won cross-party support at a pre-election online hustings event.
Politicians from all the main parties praised the manifesto, Building A Greener Future, which lays down a five-point plan to maintain momentum on tree planting and wood use, and calls for the growing industry to be supported by investment in skills, timber transport and innovation.
Scotland is planting around 80% of all new UK woodland, with positive signs that the latest target - 12,000 hectares in the year to March 31st 2021 - will be met.
Scotland is also the only part of the UK to have set clear targets for wood use in construction, with the aim of increasing the amount used from around 2.5 million cubic metres now to 3 million by 2031-2.
At the hustings, each political party outlined its forestry and wood priorities before a Q&A session.