The Integrating Trees Network is managed by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Government
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.