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The Imrie Family

Hillhead Farm, Torrance near Glasgow

The Imrie family from Torrance near Glasgow gathered together in a hay field with two tractors parked in the background.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.

The farm has 500 breeding ewes - Scotch Mule, Texel X - lambing in April and producing fat lambs for sale. The farm also has 80 suckler cows with an Aberdeen/ Simmental X calving in spring with calves sold as store @400-450kg.

The woodland creation is a new enterprise for the farm and some discussion was had within the family before it went ahead. They are now at the stage of fencing, cultivating and planting trees on just over 27 Ha. Creating a number benefits of the farm not least an asset for the future.

Download our Case Study: Tips on growing trees from the Imrie Family of Hillhead Farm, near Glasgow

Upcoming Events

Walking and Talking trees with the Imrie Family, Hillhead Farm, Torrance, Nr Glasgow.

Wednesday 6th July, 1pm  – 4pm

The Imrie family will be talking to us on farm about their family's new venture into woodland creation at Hillhead farm, and how this has helped them to maximise their marginal land and safeguard the future of the family business. We'll discuss the initial thought processes, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits etc. and how a 'No, trees' became a 'yes!' We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and steps to woodland creation. Book your free place here.

Walking and Taking trees with Andrew Whiteford of Burnfoot farm, Nr Sanquhar

Wednesday 20th July, 10am - 1pm

On farm Andrew Whiteford will introduce us to Burnfoot Farm, a 3500 acre hill beef and sheep farm. He will talk about his family’s new venture into woodland creation and forest infrastructure, through the Forestry Grant Schemes Sheep and Trees grant. We'll discuss the initial thought process, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits to the business etc. We will also have a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining us to discuss funding and steps to woodland creation. As this is a farmer-led network please come along and bring your questions and ideas to help us guide future events. Book your free place here.

 

Walking and Taking trees with Andrew Adamson of Netherurd Home Farm, Blyth Bridge, near West Linton, Peeblesshire

Wednesday 27th July, 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.

Previous Events

The introductory online event with Hillhead Farm took place on the 17th March 2021.  Key messages for attendees were:

  • Environment - You have to work with what's on the ground - don't try and change it too much or work against it
  • Social - Involve the local community as much as possible in planning - that helps to defuse any potential issues
  • Economic –Take the pressure off the farm by diversifying and spreading the risk;
  • Future benefits – Think about protecting the next generation.  Often the farming calendar doesn’t allow for business owners to plan to far ahead – things pile up and opportunities are missed.  There is so much unpredictability in regards to price of output and inputs, weather, political and environmental shifts, subsidies etc. The grants are available now, there are targets to be met and so this a great opportunity to safeguard the future of the business.

We’ll be revisiting Hillend Farm in the next few months to hear more from the Imrie Family about woodland creation and management on the farm.

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