Making woodlands work in farming event - 16th May Lanark

A practical afternoon event for farmers and land managers looking at the benefits of woodland creation is to be held at Lanark Agricultural Centre on Wednesday 16th May.

Following a recent funding boost from the Scottish Government for woodland planting within the Central Scotland Green Network Area, farmers are encouraged to consider integrating woodland into their existing land uses.

The ‘Woodland: Making it Work for You’ event is organised by Soil Association Scotland, in partnership with the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.

The free half day event will look at the benefits of introducing forestry onto underutilised land and provide information on funding and support available. Delegates will also be given the opportunity to speak directly to Iain MacDonald of Ardoch and Threepland Farms who has gone through the application process and is seeing the benefits of woodland creation on his own land. 

Iain said: “Without question, the planting of woodland has been a big success and has benefited the overall running of our sheep enterprise.

“They help prevent sheep from hiding in inaccessible parts of fields during gathering, which has reduced the resources required and has increased the value of previously unproductive ground.”

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS), part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme, offers landowners attractive funding opportunities to plan new or manage existing woodlands. Farmers within the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area can receive grants of up to £8,710 per hectare towards the cost of new woodland planting, which includes a special CSGN additional contribution of up to £2,500 per hectare. The FGS also remains eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme and the income from forestry tax is free. 

Lyn White, farming and land use manager, Soil Association Scotland, said: “We really encourage any farmers, foresters and land managers who are contemplating the introduction of forestry onto their land to come along and find out more about the benefits and support and funding available. Plus, they will get to hear first-hand the experience of someone who has benefited from the scheme and discuss how it could work on their farm.”

As well as agricultural benefits, woodland creation can also help provide important habitat for wildlife, improve biodiversity, shade rivers and aid in bank stabilization and aid in flood alleviation.

Tom Jenkins, a farm animal vet at Forth Valley Vets in Stirling, said: “Woodlands are beneficial to animal health on farms as they provide vital shelter and shade, occupy difficult to manage land areas and offer a physical barrier for improved biosecurity between animal groups.

“Woodland provides protection in the winter months helping maintain body heat and allowing for better feed conversion.”
Interested parties are encouraged to find out more information and book online at https://bit.ly/2HMduuQ or call/email Jane on 0131 666 2474.

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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  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.