Farm woodlands case studies

In 2013, the James Hutton Institute helped us explore the impact of creating different types of farm woodland. We learned why farmers planted woodlands and about their aspirations. It also help us to understand their experiences.

The study produced a report of technical advice - "Integrating woodland management and farming (PDF 1MB)".

The case studies below show farms that balance farming and woodland management.

  • Balring Farm (PDF 4MB) - near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. 445 hectares of primarily arable production. The owner also has a herd of 100 suckler cows and followers.
  • Barcloy Farm (PDF 4MB) - Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway. A 340 hectare hill farm a flock of 500 commercial hill ewes, rearing around 650 lambs a year. The owners, Mark and Isobel, also run a holiday cottage letting business. As well as having existing woodlands, in 2009 they planted 22ha of mixed conifers and broadleaves. More about Barcloy Farm
  • Cairns Farm - West Lothian. A 500ha organic livestock farm. They have both existing woodland and new woodland. Their existing woodlands are largely mature Scots Pine. In 2010 they planted a total of 6.5ha of mixed conifer and native broadleaf.
  • Carbeth Farm (PDF 4MB) - Balfron, near Stirling. The farm extends to 166 hectares with a commercial flock that makes up 135 head in total.
  • Corrimony (PDF 4MB) - at the head of Glenurquhart in the heart of Inverness-shire. A 2,700 hectare Less Favoured Area hill farm - a mixture of ploughable land, poorer grassland and extensive rough grazings.
  • Foulis Farms (PDF 4MB) - Evanton on the Black Isle. 1,082 hectares of which about half of the area is farmed (a mixture of grade 2-3.2 producing malting barley and permanent grass). The balance is in forestry.
  • Glencraigs Farm (PDF 4MB) - 155 hectares of fertile farmland near Campbeltown with a herd of 70 Aberdeen Angus suckler cows and followers.
  • Glensaugh (PDF 4MB) - in the eastern Grampians. 1,000 hectares of hill livestock farm.
  • Ifferdale Farm (PDF 4MB) - on the Kintyre peninsula. 280 hectares supporting 250 North Country Cheviots and followers and a herd of between 30 and 40 suckler cows and followers.
  • Knock Farm (PDF 4MB) - situated on the southern slopes of Knock Hill, in the east of Moray. 445 hectares mixed farm. The land quality varies significantly between well drained class 3.2 arable land and heavily gleyed class 5.
  • Netherund Farm (PDF 4MB) - Peebles. 223 hectares of marginal arable and hill land, stocked with up to 150 store cattle and around 820 hill ewes and lambs.
  • Newhill Farm (PDF 4MB) - on the Ochil Hills in Glenfarg, Perthshire. 202 hectares in total comprising an arable enterprise and a herd of 60 Aberdeen Angus suckler cows and a flock of around 600 cross-bred ewes run on the hill.
  • St Fort Farm (PDF 4MB) - in Wormit, Fife. A small estate of 513 ha. The farm comprises arable and grassland with an old woodland on the estate in a number of blocks.