Ownership of Scotland's forests is becoming increasingly dominated by wealthy estates, investors and absentee owners who live outwith Scotland, says a new study.
A “loophole” in new legislation means more than half of the offshore entities which own hundreds of Scottish properties, including entire estates, can stay secret.
The number of taxable vacant and derelict land plots grew in most council areas in recent years, prompting calls for an end to “perverse incentives” for owners.
Scotland’s richest man, an earl, and private equity and property firms are among those developing carbon offsetting projects that critics say are pushing up land prices and allowing companies to “greenwash” their image.
A wealthy Highland landowner trying to block access to a path called “historic and important” owns the land via an offshore tax haven firm, The Ferret can reveal.
There are more than 4000 homes being let by overseas landlords in Glasgow, with more than one thousand owned through secretive tax havens, The Ferret has learned.
The Ministry of Defence covered up evidence that toxic contamination could have spread from Gruinard island to the mainland in north west Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency, NatureScot, withdrew an objection to a tourist development after “serious heat” from its chair, Mike Cantlay.
The Scottish Government should buy up, break up and sell off large forestry estates to diversify woodland ownership, experts are recommending.