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Broughton farm walk success

The recent farm walk at Gascoigne Farm, near Broughton proved to be a great success. Approximately 30 people attended the event designed to encourage local landowners to think about diversifying their sheep farm to include more woodlands and forests for many benefits, not least income.

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Peter Gascoigne, owner of the farm commented: “It went really well, and I hope that the landowners in the area will take up the idea of planting woodlands. It would be a good move for their children’s pension and to provide future income from timber. At the same time, the trees will in the future provide farm shelter, property capital value and enhance the landscape.”

David Kennedy, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Woodland Officer, helped organise the event said: “It was good to see a number of landowners attending, considering how busy they are with ongoing farm management. I hope that they found the farm walk useful and will get back in touch with me to arrange a site meeting on their farm.

“The benefits of woodlands are considerable, and the grant support available is excellent. Combine this with no loss of Basic farm payment then the planting of trees becomes a bit of a ‘no brainer’ for bigger schemes.  However, I realise every farm and every owner is different, and only by having free discussions on their own farm, can a germ of an idea develop. I’m very happy to help them with this.”

Short presentations by Mark Scott of SGRDIP, Hamish Howie of Armac Vet at Biggar, Douglas Mathison of Agriforest, Chris Boles as SBC Regional Archaeologist along with Nicholas Shepherd, our Landscape and Heritage Adviser, all helped to add interest to the meeting.

Visit our website to find out more about the grants available for tree planting