Scotland Island forms part of the protected Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest; other locations are the Barrenjoey Peninsula and the Western Foreshores. The spotted gums and the other trees on the island, which include angophoras, grey ironbark and grey gum, are an important part of the island’s natural character.

Trees cannot be removed to improve views or for solar access. However, there are occasions in which tree removal is necessary. In many cases, permits are required, but some removals are allowed without a permit.

The Northern Beaches Council page on Removing and Pruning Trees on Private Land has information on what you can do without a permit, and in what circumstances your require a permit.