Woodland Creation and Rural Business Diversification: ½ day walk and talk event (Free to attend)

Ardoch Farm, Eaglesham, G76 0PL, Thursday 5th October, 12:30 – 16:30 (Lunch provided)

With concern about falling incomes in traditional agriculture and uncertainty over future subsidies, landowners are increasingly looking for ways to maximise productivity of their land and diversify incomes. Integrating forestry with farming offers valuable opportunities to do just that.

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS), part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme, offers landowners attractive funding opportunities to plant new or manage existing woodlands.  Farmers in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Area (see map click here) can receive grants of up to £8,710 per hectare towards the cost of new woodland planting, which includes a special CSGN additional contribution of up to £2,500 per hectare with monies for fencing and tree protection available in addition to this (for further information on rates see  factsheet click here). Land planted under the FGS remains eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme and the income from forestry is tax free.

Central Scotland Green Network Trust, on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland are holding 2 FREE half day walk and talk events in October to highlight funding available under FGS in the CSGN area, the first of which will take place at Ardoch Farm, Eaglesham on the 5th October. The events will offer landowners, land managers and those providing advice to landowners a valuable opportunity to find out more about integrating forestry within rural businesses to help diversify income and maximise productivity of land. The events will allow attendees the opportunity to see existing woodland creation projects on-site and hear, first hand, from landowners already benefiting by integrating forestry on farms. Topics to be covered on the day include:- Opportunities for integrating forestry into rural businesses; host farm woodland creation case study; Forestry Grant Scheme; Finance for Woodland Creation and Forestry as an investment.

For further information and to book: Please, click here or, alternatively, contact Virginia Harden Scott This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 01501 824 197

Please note that details for the second walk and talk event will be confirmed w/c 28th August and details circulated/posted to the Eventbrite page in the link above.


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