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scotish forestry ash policy

Forestry Commission Scotland policy on scattering ashes

scotish forestry ash policy

Good news, Forestry Commission Scotland has a more progressive and enlightened view of dealing with those who wish to scatter the ashes of a loved one compared to their neighbours south of the border.

Scotland’s National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground.  And in their words ‘It’s a national treasure and it’s our privilege to be looking after it.’ And one would have to agree with that.

They permit the scattering of ashes on their land and recognise it as something that people would wish to do. However whilst accepting of the practice they do make clear that there are certain do’s and don’ts all of which are pretty reasonable.

  • No permanent memorials, these are likely to be removed
  • Placing natural flowers is acceptable if discreet and free from wrapping, ties etc
  • Don’t leave the ashes in a pile, as it is unpleasant for others and can impact the soil. Try and spread them as widely as possible.
  • If a habitat is fragile, containing rare plants, please ask the local District Office first – contact your local district office.

Also they are not offering memorial benches anymore, as the need replacing and may need moving which causes upset.



9 thoughts on “Forestry Commission Scotland policy on scattering ashes

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    Mrs Kathleen A Coleran - 14th April 2024

    I would like to know if it is possible to scatter ashes at glenfinnan it was my husbands favourite place and he always said just bring me here. We would do it discreetly and leave no markers of any sort my name is Kath Coleran and live in Northumberland

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      Richard Martin - 17th April 2024

      Hi Kathleen
      You would need to ask Forestry Commission Scotland directly , here is the correct page for you:

      Kind regards

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    Isabella Young - 11th November 2023

    Hi my husband wants to be scattered at linlithgow Loch. Is this OK. Such happy memories there for many years

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      Richard Martin - 13th November 2023

      That should be fine – please follow the advice about scattering into water.

      Kind regards

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    Angela Callaghan - 26th July 2023

    My mum dad and aunt requested there ashes be scattered at lanark loch would this be allowed if so would we be able to leave single roses thank you

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      Richard Martin - 7th August 2023

      Hi Angela

      That should be fine, follow the instructions on this page –

      Kind regards

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    Diane - 1st June 2023

    Thank you Richard. I think that would be lovely.
    Kind regards. Diane

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    Diane Bowman - 30th May 2023

    Good afternoon. My name is Diane Bowman. I live in Essex but was born and brought up in Aberdeen. My parents have both died and it was my mother’s wish for both her and my fathers ashes to be scattered back home at Royal Deeside. We as a family always loved Deeside and have many happy memories. Our family are planning on scattering their ashes on September 30th 2023 but I am unsure where I am allowed to do this. I don’t want to do anything illegally so would you be so kind the advise and let me know where I can have this family ceremony.
    Thankyou in advance and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

    Diane Bowman.

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      Richard Martin - 31st May 2023

      The best way would be to scatter directly into the river – general advise

      As long as the access is permissible you should not need permission.

      Kind regards

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