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The Lockett Family

Knockbain Farm, Dingwall

The Lockett family from Knockbain Farm. The family are standing in front of a stack of round straw bales inside a shed.Knockbain Farm is just outside Dingwall in the Highlands. The farm extends to 250ha and has been in the Lockett family since 1971. Some of the farm is managed in-hand with a herd of Luing cattle and a small amount of contract farmed spring barley. The remainder of the farm is combination of woodland and conservation management habitats including wetlands, wildflower meadows, hedges and ponds. Grassland not managed as part of the cattle enterprise is tenanted to other graziers. Richard and Susie have full time jobs which limits the amount of time they can spend working on the farm. David and Denise are (gradually!) moving towards retirement.

Woodlands on the farm include some areas of commercial forestry as well as extensive old, and new, areas of native woodland which provide habitat for wildlife and shelter for stock. All the houses are heated using wood from the farm .The farm is currently investigating ways to better integrate farming and forestry through agroforestry and is in the process of developing a community woodland project in a field next to Dingwall.

The Dingwall Wind Cooperative operates at 250 kW wind turbine on the farm. Tourist accommodation is provided through farmhouse bed and breakfast and a small shepherd’s hut .

Upcoming Events

Introducing Knockbain Farm: Thursday 2nd December 7pm - 8 pm

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.

Booking for this event is available on the Integrating Trees Network Eventbrite website.  For more information on forthcoming events, follow @scotforestry, @RuralMattersSG and @SACFarm4Climate on Twitter or find us on Facebook