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Forestry: Adding Value

As part of the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund we joined forces with Soil Association Scotland to hold a practical day looking at how farms can improve integration between farming and forestry as well as reap the benefits of managing their woodland.

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The day covered the key components of FSC and PEFC certification; UKFS forest management requirements and market demand for certified products; funding for woodland management and new woodland creation, including the Woodland Carbon Code.

Attendees visited an FSC certified forest, led by Tilhill Forestry and then moved on to visit the local James Jones & Sons sawmill at Aboyne where they looked at the timber supply chain and the market requirements for certification. The visits helped in dispelling myths about certification and set out what certification means, and how land-managers and owners can benefit.

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Ian Cowe, Development Officer for Forestry Commission Scotland said: “This was a great day designed to encourage landowners to get the best out of their woodlands. With demand increasing for wood products, from local woodfuel to timber used in construction, market prices are favouring growers and this trend is set to continue.  This, coupled with the support available from the Forestry Grant Scheme means now is a great time to consider managing and planting new woodland to create the future forests of Scotland.”