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!
Walking and Talking trees with Andy & Debbie Duffus, Mains of Auchriachan, Tomintoul,
Tuesday August 16th, 10am – 1pm
On farm 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 1540 ha tenanted hill farm. We'll discuss the initial thought process, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits to the business e.g. more shelter less feed costs and better productivity. We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and first steps to woodland creation. Please come along and bring your questions. Book your free place here. Find out about the Network, its hosts and useful info here.
Walking and Talking trees with Andrew Adamson of Netherurd Home Farm, Blyth Bridge, near West Linton, Peeblesshire.
Wednesday 24th August, 10am – 1pm
On farm Andrew Adamson will introduce us to Netherurd Home Farm. Talk about how he has integrated trees into his farming business over a number of years; providing shelter for stock and crops along with an alternative income stream. He'll discuss the initial thought processes, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits and why he is planning to plant more trees. We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and 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. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Find out about the Network, its hosts and useful info here
Walking and Talking trees with Richard Lockett of Knockbain Farm, Dingwall.
Wednesday, 31st August 10 am – 1pm
Richard Lockett will introduce us to Knockbain Farm, his family’s 200 Ha mixed farm just outside Dingwall. This farm is gradually creating a network of wetlands, hedges, ponds, and expanding native and commercial woodlands. A pedigree herd of Luing cattle run on the farm, mob grazing grasslands and wildflower meadows. The woodlands provide shelter, shade, habitat, timber and wood fuel. We will discuss the farm’s experiences of woodland creation since the 1970’s (good and bad), the importance of woodlands for livestock and new agroforestry plans. We’ll look at the initial thought process, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits. We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and first steps to woodland creation. Book your free place here. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Find out about the Network, its hosts and useful info here.
Walking and Talking trees with the Barbour Family. Mains of Fincastle, Pitlochry
Tuesday 13th September, 1pm – 4pm
The Barbour family will introduce us to their family farm Mains of Fincastle. A 540 Ha organic beef and sheep hill farm in Perthshire. They will discuss why plant trees, objectives, the process and challenges. How they have successfully integrated trees into their farming business. Providing multiple benefits from shelter and shade, increase in productivity to carbon capture. We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and first steps to woodland creation. Please come along and bring your questions. Book your free place here. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Find out about the Network, its hosts and useful info here
Integrating Tree Networks - Mains of Auchriachan
Demo Hosts / Advice & Funding
Demonstrator pins in blue and sources of advice and funding grey pins. Some of the organisation work nationwide not just where pin shown.
Scottish Forestry is working with the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association to demonstrate how tree planting can benefit all farm businesses. As part of this work, they have published a new woodland creation case study, based around a tenanted farm. The study aims to encourage more tenancy based businesses to consider growing trees.
Hear from Matthew Imrie, Hillhead Farm, about the potential benefits of integrating trees into your business.
Find out more about the Imrie Family & how they've integrated trees into their farm business.
Host farmer Andrew Adamson of Netherurd Home Farm, Peebleshire discusses the benefits that planting trees has brought to his business.
Find out more about Andrew Adamson of Messrs W Laird & Son and how they've integrated trees into their farm business.
Thrill of the Hill Podcast - Opportunities in Agroforestry
In this podcast is brought to you by the Scottish Farm Advisory Service. Agroforestry allows farmers, crofters and landowners the chance to maintain agricultural output, with options for woodland grazing and intercropping, meaning productive activity can be promoted at the same time as tree planting.
If you missed the event you can download presentation slides "Woodland creation for biodiversity: What needs to be considered?" by Colin Edwards, Environment Policy Adviser, Scottish Forestry.
We have also created a summary of the event with key messages and points of discussion along with useful links - find it here.
Integrating Trees Network Event: Shelterbelts: What needs to be considered?
Download presentation slides "Shelterbelts" by Ben Law, Snr Forestry Consultant, covering why, location, design, species, porosity, size, shape, orientation and other consideration to meet your objectives. These slides were used during the Integrating Trees 'Shelterbelts: What needs to be considered?', discussing real practical examples & benefits.
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.
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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.
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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 email@example.com
Use the links below to see some of the Q & A's from previous events