More and more farmers in Scottish agriculture are beginning to realise the benefits that trees can bring to their farming businesses. Everything from providing shelter for livestock, improving productivity or diversifying income streams; to creating habitat for wildlife and reducing carbon footprint.
This network will host events for all farmers and crofters across Scotland and bring them together, along with experts to share their practical knowledge, experiences and advice about the processes, objectives, challenges and outcomes of planting trees.
Come along and bring your questions and your ideas!
Integrating Trees on Your Land: Introducing Mains of Auchriachan: Wednesday, 23rd June 7pm – 8pm
Andrew and Debbie Duffus will introduce us to their farm and will be talking to us about their family's new venture into woodland creation on their tenanted hill farm Mains of Auchriachan, Tomintoul. We'll discuss the initial thought process, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits etc. Also how future plans for woodlands creation/shelter belts are evolving alongside their livestock enterprises. We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and first steps to woodland creation. As this will be a farmer-led network please come along and bring your questions and ideas to help us guide future event topics. Book your free place here
Do you have practical questions about integrating trees on your land , whether on species/site choice, protection, design, cultivation, or maintenance tasks etc? Come along and put your woodland creation questions to our host farmers, all of whom have integrated trees into their farming businesses. Our panel will include Andrew Adamson of Messrs W Laird & Son, Netherurd Home Farm, Peebleshire and members of the Imrie Family of Hillhead Farm, Torrance, Lanarkshire, along with staff members from Scottish Forestry. Book your free place here
To help us answer as many questions as possible, please send your questions in advance to Lyn.White@forestry.gov.scot. You can also ask questions on the night.
Visit our Eventbrite page to see details of all our events and to book your free tickets.
In the podcast below brought to you by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Farm Advisory Service, we hear from SAC Consulting's Forestry team as they answer ten of the most frequently asked questions around woodland creation.
Andrew Adamson is a 4th generation farmer at Netherurd Home Farm, a farm of 570 acres, near West Linton, where the family have been since 1940’s. Andrews’s wife Jayne, their daughter Hazel, and son Jon, also live on the farm. Andrew is in partnership with his mother and Jayne helps out on the farm when required.
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The Imrie family have farmed at Hillhead farm in Torrance near Glasgow for 4 generations. This family-run farm comprises 400 acres owned, plus 100 acres rented. It has an altitude of 40m down at Tower Farm, running up to 218m above sea level at the highest point - the trig point on Blairskaith Muir where the new forestry creation scheme will shortly be planted.
Andrew and Debbie Duffus, and their sons, Sam, Ben and Max farm at Mains of Auchriachan, Tomintoul. Sitting with in the Cairngorms National Park. They run a hill farm rented from Crown Estate and extends to 1,540 ha, sitting at 370m at home farm to 675m.
Thinking about planting trees?
There are various grant options to help you get planting including support for conifers, broadleaves and small farm woodlands to name just a few – all which could meet your business objectives. The grants can help you establish a new woodland and maintain it in years to come.
There’s an easy to understand “walk through” guide to assist in the preparation of new woodland creation applications which you can view here.
Scottish Forestry has a network of woodland officers around the country in local offices. Please get in contact at an early stage to discuss your woodland creation proposals.
Forestry loan to help small scale woodland projects. Under the scheme, half of the upfront costs associated with planting a new woodland, including buying trees, ground preparation or fencing, can now be paid in advance by Scottish Forestry. The aim is to remove any cash flow barriers that crofters, farmers, or any other small woodland owner might have when considering tree planting. The loan works alongside the existing main Forestry Grant Scheme and is aimed at woodland creation projects up to 20 hectares in size.
The Croft Woodlands Project offers free support to crofters, common grazing’s committees and smallholders within the crofting counties.
If you require extra income to make woodland creation viable and are eligible, consider the Woodland Carbon Code where you can sell on carbon credits from your new woodland.
Funding for a specialist adviser to help with woodland creation
If you are a farmer or crofter you can also apply for up to £1,000 funding through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) to enlist the help of a specialist adviser to help with woodland creation.
The adviser will work with the land manager to add value to under productive land by reviewing farm-specific opportunities and financial incentives available to create or manage woodland. To apply or for more information, call 0300 323 0161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org