23 Feb 2021
Integrating trees demonstrator project
If you are a farmer or crofter and want to find out more about tree planting, then you can’t beat seeing and hearing from those doing it practically on the ground.
That’s the aim of the new Integrating Trees Network which is in the process of setting up a network of farm woodland demonstration sites.
The initiative is being led by farmers and supported by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Government.
At the moment there are two sites in the demo network – one in Peeblesshire and the other in Lanarkshire. Both are run by family farming businesses. More hosts are to be announced in the coming months.
Scottish Forestry’s forestry and farming development officer Lyn White said:
“It’s great to get this new network up and running with two great farming hosts who are willing to share their practical experiences, discuss their objectives, challenges, and benefits of their tree planting projects.
“As this is a farmer led network, we want hear from land mangers about what topics they want to discuss so we can bring in expert speakers to present alongside our farmer hosts.
“We are currently in the process of setting up a network of demonstrator sites across Scotland. The aim is to have a site in each geographical region linked to a Scottish Forestry office.
“Obviously during COVID we can’t go visiting, but when restrictions allow, these demo farms will be available for us to arrange visits so all those interested can see them first hand.”
Farmers and crofters have become more aware of the multiple benefits that woodland creation can have for their business. These benefits might include: providing shelter for livestock; habitat for wildlife; reducing the business’s carbon footprint; providing future income from timber; and the prevention of flooding.
Online Events in March
Due to COVID, the project is starting online with virtual events in March. All those who wish to learn more about tree planting on their farm or croft are very welcome. Questions and ideas on future event topics are also encouraged.
The first online event is on Wednesday 3rd March 7pm to 8pm and is being hosted by Andrew Adamson of Messrs W Laird & Son, Netherurd Home Farm, Peeblesshire. In his event– he’ll discuss the initial thought processes, the decision to plant trees, his objectives, challenges and benefits. Book your free place here.
The second event is on Wednesday, 17th March 7pm – 8pm.
The Imrie family will be talking about their family's new venture into woodland creation at Hillhead farm, Torrance, Lanarkshire and how this has helped them to maximise their marginal land and safeguard the future of the family business. Book your free place here.