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The benefits of farm forestry

Most people plant and manage woodlands to meet objectives directly relevant to their own needs. Traditionally, farm woodlands were planted for shelter, timber production, amenity and game cover or a combination of these. More recently, wildlife conservation and biosecurity have become important objectives, as has the appreciation of woodlands’ ability to lock up carbon dioxide and help combat global warming. New, often very local, markets for woodfuel have helped to substantially the income from the sale of timber.

Woodlands can also have wider benefits – for example, improving the local landscape or water quality. Local communities may also benefit from the rural jobs that woodland work creates and from new recreational opportunities.

For more information on support for forestry development, visit our Forestry Grant Scheme page.

Did you know you can get specialist advice on farm woodlands, as part of an Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP)?  FAS can help fund an adviser to visit your business and provide you with a specialist advice plan in any two of the following areas:

Improved farm efficiency | Climate change adaptation and mitigation | Soil and nutrient management | Biodiversity, habitat and landscape management | Woodland management and conservation | Water pollution, prevention and control | Organics | Archaeological and historic site advice | Animal welfare



    Maximising the value of your timber – Event Summary

    Given that the rotation for this crop is so long it is important to get the most income from your timber as possible.

    Don’t be Sheepish about Woodland Creation – Event Summary

    This event focused on the creation of woodland both commercial and non-commercial, the funding available for creating these schemes and the non timber benefits of having woodland on your land…

    newly planted woodland, all plants protected with tree guards

    Diversifying your business with woodland creation – Event Summary

    This event focused on diversifying your business via woodland creation and the benefits (timber and non timber) of having woodland on your land. Benefits include; Shelter for livestock Reduction of…

    Farm woodlands case study – First Thinning at Myreton Farm

    Clive Streeter lives at Myreton, near Keith in Moray.  In 1997 Clive decided to plant seventy two hectares of commercial forestry under the Grampian Forest Challenge Fund, leaving just a…

    Commercial Forestry Planting on an Active Farm – Event Summary

    This meeting looked at integrating commercial forestry planting onto an active farm.  It will explored the sometimes difficult balance between tree planting on a commercial scale and maintaining a viable…

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    Making Woodland Work for You: Creation, management and funding – A Soil Association event

    A practical walk and talk afternoon event exploring the benefits of woodland creation, management and funding opportunities. Includes discussion on planting on marginal hill land, shelter belt planting, and how…

    Event Tags: North West Topics: Farm Woodlands

    The River & the Willows – Green Engineering (Tomintoul)

    Meeting location: Richmond Hall, Tomintoul, AB37 9EZ & nearby sites. Please ring for directions Simon Jacyna, 07979 245910, if you expect to arrive late. Recent floods have caused severe erosion of…

    Woodland: Making it Work for You – A Soil Association event

    Achaphubuil, Fort William A practical walk and talk afternoon event exploring the benefits of woodland creation, management and funding opportunities. Includes discussion on riparian sites, shelter belt planting, agroforestry and…

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    Farm Woodland news

    Latest news from The FAS Woodlands team

    Farm Woodlands Technical Notes

    TN690 – Protecting Young Woodlands from Vole Damage TN691 – Plants and Planting Methods TN695 – Pruning to improve timber quality

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    Info note – Hot weather July2018

    Information Note – Summer 2018: Hot weather and potential risks to livestock health and welfare

    Case Study – Myreton Farm

    Diversifying your Business with Woodland Creation Presentation

    Sheep and Trees Leaflet

    Sheep Farming with Trees

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