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The 2003 Strategy
The Woodland Strategy was launched in January 2003 and is one of a new generation of Indicative Forest Strategies (IFS)¹. This new generation of IFSs highlight the strategic role woodlands can play in delivering environmental enhancement and sustainable development. The AAWS received an award for excellence in the annual Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning², as an exemplar of best practice in integrating forestry planning with wider land use planning.
The Strategy's vision is:
"TO DEVELOP THE WOODLAND OF AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN AS A MODEL OF INTEGRATED AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF LAND THAT SUPPORTS THE LOCAL ECONOMY, CONTRIBUTES TO COMMUNITY WELL-BEING AND PROMOTES ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE."
This will be delivered through:
Supporting the continued development of the forest products' supply chain
Developing opportunities for economic development by increasing employment, expanding markets for wood and farm business diversification
Safeguarding and enhancing the areas of native, semi-natural and policy woodland
Promoting the use of woodlands in the regeneration of urban and post-industrial landscapes
Encouraging greater involvement of local people in the use, expansion, management and appreciation of woodlands
For more information on the objectives and proposed actions, you can download a copy of the AAWS from here.

(1) Previously, IFSs were more limited in their approach focusing on the identification of areas suitable for large-scale afforestation.
(2) Presented each year by the Scottish Goverment in association with the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland.
Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan East Ayrshire Council North Ayrshire Council South Ayrshire Council Forestry Commission Scotland Scottish Enterprise Scottish Executive Scottish Natural Heritage