The creation of small woodlands on farms

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Small woodlands, woodland features and even individual trees can be an asset on any farm. Our guidance document, 'The creation of small woodlands on farms', describes the benefits of creating new small woodlands, where they can best be sited and offers some advice on planning, layout and species. It focuses on small woodlands of a few hectares in size, say no bigger than five hectares

We recommend that you read the introduction first to get the full benefit of the following chapters. Each of the chapters is available as separate PDFs or you can download the complete document (PDF 5.6Mb).

Introduction

The introduction describes the benefits of small woodlands, woodland features and individual trees. It also provides advice on how you should use this guidance, the general scope of the information provided, and the layout of the publication.

Introduction to the creation of small woodlands on farms (PDF 700k)

Chapters

Small woodlands on arable land (PDF 1.62MB)

This section describes the general role that woodlands play in arable land, as well as giving guidance on siting and planning the layout of small woodlands on lowland arable land.

It has comprehensive advice for creating the following woodland types:

  • Crop Shelter
  • Policy Woodland
  • Lowland Broadleaved Native Woodland
  • Lowland Riparian Woodland
  • Lowland Game Coverts

Small woodlands on permanent grassland (PDF 1.38MB)

This section describes the general role that woodlands play in permanent grassland, as well as giving general guidance on siting and planning the layout of small woodlands on permanent grassland.

It also provides comprehensive advice for creating the following woodland types:

  • Stock Shelter
  • Mixed Broadleaved Native Woodland
  • Riparian Woodland
  • Policy Woodland
  • Game Coverts

Small woodlands on hill land (PDF 1.36MB)

This section describes the general role that woodlands play on hill land and unimproved grazing, as well as giving guidance on siting and planning the layout of small woodlands on hill land and unimproved grazing.

It also gives comprehensive advice for creating the following woodland types:

  • Upland Native Woodland
  • Upland Riparian Woodland
  • Upland Stock Shelter
  • Upland Game Coverts

Woodland planning (PDF 1.82MB)

This section sets out a systematic approach to planning where to site small woodlands on your farm, and how to choose the type of woodland most appropriate for your objectives.

Further help and advice - annex to the document (PDF 444KB)

The annex to the document provides information on how to contact organisations, companies and individuals that could provide you with further help and advice.

The full document

You can download the full creation of small woodlands on farms document (PDF 5.6Mb).

If you would like a free paper copy of this publication please contact your local Forestry Commission Scotland conservancy office.