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
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…
This meeting took place in Great Bernera on the far west coast of Lewis with a croft tour of small woodland habitat and a demonstration of planting techniques in the village of Kirkibost.
The Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is offering funded support to help Scottish farmers manage and establish woodland and access a share of the £252 million available through the Forestry Grant…
We recently held two meetings on the 17th January. The first during the day at the Arran Outdoor Centre followed by an evening meeting at the SAC Consulting Office in Auchincruive Office. These meetings focused on how woodlands can work alongside your farming business.
Good planning is essential to ensure that the different options complement each other rather than work against each other. These different options would include things such as the mix…
Event exploring the value of your timber and how to maximise income from thinning and clear felling. Aimed at crofters, farmers and estate managers.
Event exploring the options for woodland creation, looking at site selection, FGS options, forestry cycle and benefits of woodland creation.
Event exploring the options and funding available for woodland creation to help diversify your business. Aimed at crofters, farmers and estate managers.
With spring upon us; We will focus on how to manage your grassland and woodlands to maximise its potential.
This meeting will look at integrating commercial forestry planting onto an active farm. The meeting will explore the sometimes difficult balance between tree planting on a commercial scale and maintaining…
TN690 – Protecting Young Woodlands from Vole Damage TN691 – Plants and Planting Methods TN695 – Pruning to improve timber quality
The Scottish Forestry Strategy lists improving timber quality as a priority for action because “high quality timber is more likely to meet future markets and is also more likely to find a permanent use thereby assisting carbon sequestration”.
Forest nurseries offer a wide range of plants that can vary considerably in terms of size, provenance, age and method of
production. There is also a variety of techniques you can use for tree planting and ground preparation.
For many years grant schemes have encouraged farmers to create new woodlands using broadleaved species. Woodlands on agricultural land have to face a variety of problems especially weed competition and animal damage. Successfully establishing a young woodland requires careful attention to design detail and several years of maintenance. Unfortunately many woodlands do not receive the attention they require and high levels of tree mortality occur. In some cases the owners have had to repay grants to the Forestry Commission.