The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) are offering a limited number of free Farm Woodland Assessments to landowners to help farms and estates identify opportunities for new and existing woodland to support their farm businesses.
On participating farms, this assessment will consider options for managing existing woodland and planting new woodlands for the benefit of the whole farm business and its long-term objectives. It will provide an estimate of income potential and costs over the next five years and identify the key operations required to bring woodland into productive management. It will also look at any land parcels which may be suitable for planting and identify the grants available along with the costs and operations required to establish them.
Farm woodland assessments will be undertaken by 31st March 2017, so will provide a valuable opportunity in the period leading up to submission of the Single Application Form, when landowners are reviewing their whole farm business, to identify how new woodland planting could help diversify agricultural businesses and help spread business risks related to current uncertainties surrounding future agricultural support.
The assessments are free and with no obligation attached, although should participants be willing then CSGNT will be looking for volunteers to be the subject of a published case study.
The Forestry Grant Scheme, which is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), offers farmers attractive funding opportunities to plant new or manage existing woodlands.
Farmers and landowners could receive grants of up to £8,710 per hectare towards the costs of new woodland planting which includes a special CSGN additional contribution of up to £2,500 per hectare.