The Scottish Government has introduced a five-level framework for suppressing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks across Scotland. There is now information and advice for businesses and employees carrying out outdoor work.
- Covid-19 Forestry Sector Restart & Resilience Plan
- Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) in forestry (FISA guidance)
It’s important that at all times you keep following the rules on travel, physical distancing and hygiene.
We know that many of our partners are facing increasing challenges during this difficult period and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible. Our plan is to continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant recipients and communities as normally as we can.
Our staff are working from home and can be contacted on their usual email addresses and phone numbers. If you receive an auto-reply to say that a particular member of staff is not at work, please forward emails to [email protected]. Please also let us know if we should use any different contact details or methods to communicate with you during this time.
For suppliers, please contact your regular NatureScot contact or choose the relevant person from our list of key contacts.
Our plan is to continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant recipients and communities as normally as we can. We also want to be flexible where grant recipients get into difficulty or see problems on the way. However, we are in uncharted territory and things will occur that we hadn’t expected. If it does, and you have feedback, please get in touch.
At the moment our priority is to keep money flowing to support people, nature and organisations.
We will be flexible with regards to your current grant, for example:
- Accommodating changes to timelines;
- Accommodating changes to activity to respond to outputs/activities that contribute to expected outcomes during the restrictions – please discuss with us.
We will support you and your teams through this crisis, for example:
- Where we support staff costs, we will continue to pay so that you can support existing staff who need to be off sick, self-isolate or have caring responsibilities;
- Considering any requests for support if you experience particular financial pressures as a result of the situation.
We don’t want you to worry about deadlines and reporting, for example:
- We will be flexible with regards to reporting.
Getting in touch
- Our funding officers and / or your contact can answer questions you might have, do get in touch with them if you need to in the usual way.
Our staff are working from home and can be contacted on their usual email addresses and phone numbers (our office phone numbers will be diverted to our mobile or landline numbers). If you receive an auto-reply to say that a particular member of staff is not working, due to illness or leave, please forward emails to [email protected]. Please let us know if we should use any different contact details or methods to communicate with you during this time.
- We’ll be in touch soon to discuss your project and how we make it work in the months ahead.
These are challenging times. Let’s help each other to help each other. Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help you.
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