Woodland advice for local farmers at Ayr County Show

Farmers attending the Ayr County Show (Saturday 9 May 2015) will be able to find out more about how their farm land can benefit from new woodland and how they could cover the costs of work through the new Forestry Grant Scheme.

Forestry Commission Scotland staff will be at the event to talk to farmers about how farm woodland can support their existing farm business and enhance their farm environment. Farmers and landowners will also be able to find out about the recently launched Forestry Grant Scheme, which supports the creation of new woodlands and the sustainable management of existing woodlands with a range of grants available under the Scottish Rural Development Plan (SRDP) 2014-2020.

Julie Paton, CSGN Woodland Creation Programme Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“Woodland management and new tree planting can provide a number of benefits to farm businesses, such as providing on-farm timber, improving shelter for livestock or bringing undermanaged ground into production for longer-term incomes.

“We’re attending this year’s Ayr Show because we want farmers in Ayrshire to be aware of the opportunities the new Forestry Grant Scheme provides them and how they could be eligible for woodland creation funding, They could also benefit from a new CSGN Contribution, which offers additional support for woodland creation in Central Scotland, Ayrshire and parts of Fife.

“All farmers and landowners are welcome to come and talk to us at the show about how woodland creation or managing existing woodland might help their businesses and we can offer more information on the new grants.”

Forestry Commission Scotland will be at the Ayr County Show, Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 9 May 2015, 9am to 5pm. Visitors to the Forestry Commission Scotland team will receive a free garden tree.

For more information contact Julie Paton at Forestry Commission Scotland at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  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.