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The benefits of woodland creation

Woodland creation plays an important role in contributing to the Scottish Government woodland target, as well as helping mitigate climate change by carbon sequestration and restoring lost habitats through developing forest habitat networks.


The new Forestry Grant Scheme went live in April 2015.  We held training workshops with agents and stakeholders to help introduce the new grant options and application process.  We also organised on-site farm visits and attended agricultural shows and events across the country raising awareness of the new scheme and the many benefits of woodland creation as part of integrated land management.


The immediate up-take and interest in the scheme was positive. Find out more about two very different schemes approved under the grant scheme.

Corrimony Pine Woodland in Glen Urquhurt, Invernessshire, was one of the first applications to be approved within the new Forestry Grant Scheme. 

Mr Girvan owns Corrimony Farm and aims to diversify the land to create a new native woodland with Scots pine, birch and other native species to link with existing native woodland habitats. This will also provide new woodland as part of the farm diversification project which has long term benefits of providing wood supply for owners district biomass heating system and local timber market.

In time the woodland will create a suitable link between existing native woodland areas contributing towards the carbon code lock up targets and provide suitable timber for the owners own district heating system and manufacturing industry.

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Beirhope is situated near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders and successful received a grant for £570,000 to plant 160ha of productive conifers.  The new multi-purpose woodland will provide wood and fuel production, helping to underpin a sustainable forest products industry as an alternative to upland sheep farming. The wood will also enhance the landscape, maintain the archaeological feature and help to improve Scotland's greenhouse balance.