17 Nov 2023

Free help to central belt farmers to branch out into tree planting

Farmers and land managers in the central belt, who are thinking of planting trees but don’t know where to begin, are now being offered free assessments from Scottish Forestry.

As part of a national drive to promote the benefits of tree planting to farmers, a limited number of free Farm Woodland Assessments are being provided.   

Already, almost 70 assessments have taken place in the central belt, resulting in over 600 hectares of new woodland being created. 

A Farm Woodland Assessment gives farmers and landowners a free report detailing potential areas for planting, the forestry grants available, identifies any constraints, and provides valuable information on projected income and expenditure.

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.

“The Farm Woodland Assessments are a great way to have the tree planting potential of a farm or landholding properly mapped out for them, all for free and with no obligation.”

The assessments will 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, with deadlines for applications to be in by 31st January 2024.

The Farm Woodland Assessments are likely to take place on site in January and February of 2024.

To express your interest in a free farm woodland assessment please complete and return the application form at Scottish Forestry - Farm woodlands.