Land Capability for Forestry, Scotland

The Land Capability Classification for Forestry is based on an assessment of the increasing degree of limitation imposed by the physical factors of soil, topography and climate on the growth of trees and on silvicultural practices. The system described is designed for use at several levels depending on the amount and accuracy of the available data and on the purpose for which the information is required. The main use of the Land Capability Classification for Forestry is as an aid to decision-making at broad planning levels, as a guide for land managers and as a statement of the natural resources of the land of Britain in terms of forestry potential for educational and general interest purposes. The system is an interpretation derived from several sources and, as with all such approaches, will be subject to some degree of arbitrary decision. A careful study of the assumptions and explanations underlying the classification is advised so that the scheme is properly understood and its benefits and limitations appreciated.

Publication date: 2016-01-08


Study area

Provenance & quality

More information on the procedures employed to obtain these data can be found in the Land Capability for Forestry (1988) protocols available at Scotland's Soils website.

Other contacts

Colin Campbell
The James Hutton Institute


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Farming , Biota , Environment , Planning / Cadastre
Geospatial / Map Land Use National