Agriforest Director, Douglas Mathison, was recently invited to talk at a farm woodland walk event, organised by Forestry Commission Scotland. The purpose of the walk was to encourage landowners to think about the positive impacts & financial incentives for planting trees on otherwise unproductive farmland. The walk was deemed a success, with a good number of attendees.
Current grants for planting are very attractive. In certain 'target' areas, landowners are given an additional top up grant of £2,500 per Ha for ground planted. This can result in a profitable exercise which also includes fencing, gates, and maintenance provisions to allow the trees to become established.
A link to the article, which appeared in the 'Peeblesshire News' can be found below: