Central belt farmers attending the Royal Highland Show are encouraged to find out more about grants of up to £8,710 per hectare to help cover the cost of woodland creation on their land.

The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) will be on site at the show from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th June to discuss opportunities available to farmers for woodland creation and the introduction of forestry to enhance their environment and help diversify existing farm business.

The introduction of woodland to farmland can provide a number of benefits to farm businesses, including providing on-farm timber, improving shelter for livestock or bringing underutilised ground into productive use for secure longer-term incomes. The income from forestry is also tax free. 

Virginian Harden Scott, woodland creation development officer at CSGNT, said: “By attending the Royal Highland Show we hope to increase the awareness of the grant scheme and talk to a number of farmers to let them know what the scheme provides and what they could be eligible for. We will also be able to provide further information on where to go for further advice on planning, layout, suitable species choices and grant aid.”

Land planted under the Forestry Grant Scheme remains eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme and it is possible to apply for fencing and planting works to be completed in separate financial years, helping to assist with cashflow. The scheme is open to applications all year round, providing flexibility to help farmers avoid busier spells such as harvest, calving or lambing periods.

Virginia continues: “Since October 2015, over 153 projects worth £13 million have been approved within the CSGN area. We want to talk to more farmers to ensure they know of the grants available to them.”

As part of the ongoing programme to promote woodland creation in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area, the CSGNT, on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland, provide support and advice to landowners within the CSGN area.

The Forestry Grant Scheme, which is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), offers farmers attractive funding opportunities to plant new or manage existing woodlands.

Farmers and landowners could receive grants of up to £8,710 per hectare towards the costs of new woodland planting, including a special CSGN additional contribution of up to £2,500 per hectare, grant monies for fencing and tree protection are available on top of this. The CSGN area stretches from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

Virginia will be at the Royal Highland Show, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston from Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th June, located on stand number 421.  For more information on woodland creation opportunities, please contact Virginia Harden Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01501 824 197.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.