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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


    North East Organic Discussion Group – Tap o’Noth Farm (Event Summary)

    Do you know what permaculture and community supported agriculture are? At the recent North East Organic Discussion Group we went on a tour of Tap o’Noth Farm and heard all…

    The River & the Willows – Green Engineering (Tomintoul) – Event Summary

    Woodlands have an enormous role to play in helping to reduce flooding and improve water quality.


    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…

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    Large-scale Commercial Woodland Creation

    Hill ground has increasingly been recognised for its potential to be converted to forestry.  This can generate good returns on grant payments, provide long-term income through timber sales therefore adding…

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

    A practical walk and talk afternoon exploring the benefits of woodland creation and management, as well as funding opportunities. Includes discussion on what to plant, where and why; managing existing…

    Sheep Resilience Meeting (Stirling)

    The meeting will be hosted by Ian and Sharon Watt at Hillhead Farm, Gargunnock, Stirling FK8 on the 5th October starting at 10.30 for 11.00.  The meeting will highlight flock…

    Venues: Hillhead Farm Event Tags: Central Topics: Animal welfare and Farm Woodlands
    Curlew standing amongst cotton plants

    Curlew Conservation: The role of farmers, peatland and predators – Auchinleck +++ POSTPONED +++

    Due to the forecast of high winds the decision has been made to postpone this event in the interest of safety Are you interested in farm conservation or wanting to…

    Derelict to productive: Seeing Your Croft’s Potential

    This event is the first in a series of three on bringing your croft (or part of your croft)from under-productive, to productive. The three sessions will broadly follow a ‘5…

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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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