Farmers and land managers in Scotland’s central belt have only three weeks left to take advantage of Farm Woodland Assessments which are being organised by Scottish Forestry.
As part of a national drive to promote the benefits of tree planting to farmers, the assessments being offered are free and with no obligation.
A Farm Woodland Assessment gives farmers and landowners a report detailing potential areas for planting, the forestry grants available, identifies any constraints, and provides valuable information on projected income and expenditure.
Already, almost 70 assessments have taken place in the central belt, resulting in over 600 hectares of new woodland being created. The registration for the assessments closes on 31st January 2024.
Will Chadwick, Woodland Creation Officer with Scottish Forestry said, “There’s huge interest from farmers and other landowners to integrate trees into their businesses. The benefits are many and can include shelter and shade for livestock, an improvement in biodiversity, a possible wood fuel resource and a future income.
“Some farmers will be considering their options for the year ahead and for many, tree planting will be getting considered. Getting a free Farm Woodland Assessments is a simple way to have the tree planting potential of a farm or landholding properly mapped out for them, and with no obligation.”
The assessments also advise on future management of a new woodland, right up to the first returns from harvesting the trees.
Applicants for a free Farm Woodland Assessment must be within the Central Scotland Green Network area, with an added focus around the Clyde Climate Forest and Forth Climate Forest catchments.
There are a limited number of assessments available so farmers and landowners are advised to register interest quickly before the deadline.