Forestry back at the Cabinet table in Scotland

4 April 2023

Forestry once again has a seat at the Cabinet table in Scotland after it was confirmed that it will be included in the Rural Affairs portfolio of Mairi Gougeon MSP.

Confor has welcomed the announcement in a letter to the new Cabinet Secretary, who has experience of the sector from her time as Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment between June 2018 and December 2020.

The 2019 Scottish Forestry Strategy was passed during her time in the post.

Previously, forestry policy was in the hands of Màiri McAllan, as Minister for Environment and Land Reform. She has now been promoted to Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition and the responsibility for forestry has passed to Mairi Gougeon in the reshaped role of Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands.