With attractive Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) grant subsidies for tree planting and government targets for new tree cover in Scotland, new woodlands are appearing across the countryside.
But there is growing concern amongst many in the farming community about excessive loss of farming land to trees. However, the two do not have to be mutually exclusive as trees can be planted as a beneficial part of farm management. It is all about getting the right kind of tree in the right place.
Small scale native tree planting can provide a range of benefits including creating valuable shelter to stock, providing timber and fuel wood, improving water quality and bank stability, and improving biodiversity.
Borders Forest Trust, a native woodland conservation based in the Scottish Borders, has been working with local farmers for 15 years to develop native woodland planting schemes. The Trust currently has the opportunity to assist seven farmers in the preparation of native woodland planting proposals to SRDP for free.
To be eligible farms must be located in the Gala, Jed, Ettrick and Yarrow, Upper Tweed, Whiteadder catchments and Berwickshire coast of the Scottish Borders.
If you are interested and would like to find out more contact Tim Frost, at email@example.com or by phone on 01835 830750 before August 26.
This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Scottish Borders Leader 2007–2013 Programme with Scottish Natural Heritage.