Forestry and woodlands

Farmers and land managers in Central Scotland, who are thinking of planting trees but don’t know where to begin, can now get free help from Scottish Forestry.

As part of ongoing work to promote the benefits of tree planting to rural businesses  in the region, a limited number of FREE Farm Woodland Assessments are up for grabs, to help farms and estates identify opportunities for new woodland planting to support their  businesses. 

The winners of Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) were announced on Thursday 4th March at a special virtual ceremony.

Integrating trees on your land (2)

The Imrie family will be share information on their family's new venture into woodland creation at Hillhead farm, Torrance, Lanarkshire and how this has helped them to maximise their marginal land and safeguard the future of the family business. There will be an opporunity to discuss the initial thought processes, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits etc.

Integrating trees on your land (1)

Andrew Adamson of Messrs W Laird & Son, Netherurd Home Farm, Peebleshire, will give an introduction to his farm and talk about how he has integrated trees into his business over a number of years; providing shelter for stock and crops along with an alternative income stream. He'll discuss the initial thought processes, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits etc. There will also be a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining the event to discuss funding and first steps to woodland creation.

A new farmer-led network aiming to encourage farmers and crofters to consider woodland creation on Scottish land has launched.


Wondering what trees could do for your croft? Join the Soil Association for an online discussion with two crofters – new entrant Phil Knott, of Wildlife Croft on Skye, and Mike Hyatt, of Baleveolan Croft, Isle of Lismore – about their experience of crofting with trees. Ask your questions and hear about:

Employers Apprenticeship Webinar

Hear from employers who have taken on an apprentice and the benefit they brought to the business along with information on the various types of apprenticeships, funding opportunities and what support training providers offer to employers. Apprentices will also give their own views on their apprenticeship.

12:00 Introduction and overview - Sheena Howden, Lantra Scotland

Two new farmer-led groups are being established to develop advice and proposals to the Scottish Government on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change as reaffirmed in the recently published Climate Change Plan.

This week, conservation charity Buglife launched a complete B-Lines map for Scotland. B-Lines is the response to the decline of bees and other pollinating insects, a plan for how to reconnect our wild places by creating a network of wildflowers across our landscapes.

Plans to protect at least 30% of Scotland’s land for nature by 2030 – and to examine options to extend this further – have been announced today by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.