The Farm Woodlands Assessment project
Farmers and land managers in Central Scotland can now show their interest in a limited number of free Farm Woodland Assessments (FWA).
What are FWAs?
FWAs help farms and estates identify opportunities for new woodland planting to support their businesses. They:
- give information on available grant options and potential funding avenues
- explore predicted expenditure and cash flow through the Forestry Grants Scheme (FGS) until the woodland is set up
- advise on future management –up to first returns from harvesting
Our Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) map shows the areas which are eligible for a FWA.
Matthew Imrie of Hillhead Farm, who received a Farm Woodland Assessment in 2017, said:
“We're always looking to maximise the farms potential for both current and future generations. The area being planted with trees is poor land we've struggled to graze and make productive for about 20 years.
"Wind turbines and solar panels were previously considered but neither were suitable for this site. We hadn’t considered forestry as we weren’t aware of its benefits.
"The Farm Woodland Assessment provided us with all the information we required to make an informed decision on whether to invest in forestry. The report included an indicative budget and summary of the works required – allowing us to determine whether the returns were worth the input.
"With the grants available, it was clear that this was a sound investment for now and for the future.”