Tree and Woodland Strategy for East Lothian

It’s an exciting time for trees and woodland in East Lothian. The Council has produced a draft of its first Tree and Woodland Strategy and is keen to hear your views on both the Strategy and the associated draft Environment Report.  This Strategy will enable trees to play a key role in addressing the climate and biodiversity crises and guide delivery of the East Lothian Climate Forest.

A survey is available and we are looking for opinions from anyone who has an interest in trees or woodland in East Lothian. You don’t have to have read the draft Strategy to fill in the survey. Our Privacy Notice is also available at the Consultation Hub .

You can view the Strategy itself on this ArcGIS storymap. This format can be used on desktop PCs, mobile devices and tablets. In the storymap, you can find and move easily between the sections of the strategy in which you are interested. You can also zoom in to the maps to see the detail.  For most people, this will be the best way to view the Strategy. You can also view or download the draft Strategy and the full range of supporting documents at the Consultation Hub.

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Front cover of the tree and woodland strategy


The draft Strategy sets out our long term vision and our policies and proposals for trees and woodland. It:

  • Identifies woodlands of high nature conservation value.
  • Shows how we will protect and enhance our trees and woodlands.
  • Provides guidance to landowners and others seeking to manage woodland and plant trees and hedgerows.
  • Provides guidance to developers for trees in and around their sites
  • Provides advice  for  those who want to get involved with protecting trees or creating woodland



The Vision of the Strategy is:

“Expanded and sustainably managed networks of woodland and trees across East Lothian contribute to addressing climate change, and provide healthy and resilient environment, nature recovery, a strong sustainable economy and enhanced quality of life for local communities”