RSABI, the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, has this week welcomed Glenalmond College as the first-ever school member of its Supporters’ Scheme.

The Perthshire school with 360 boys and girls, both day pupils and boarders, welcomed RSABI vice-chairman David Leggat and Highland bull Donald to mark the occasion.

Planting Trees to Diversify Your Farm: Woodland creation, management and funding

For over 40 years, the Lockett family has been slowly but steadily planting trees on their farm in the Highlands, and using them to diversify their activity. Richard Lockett, also of the Scottish Farming and Wildlife Advisors Group (SCOTFWAG), will discuss how, as well as using the trees for livestock shelter and for wood fuel, they have created public woodland, wetlands and wildflower meadows and opened a B&B. Come along to discuss:

Six Farm Conservation Advisers, members of the Scottish Farming and Wildlife Advisers Group (ScotFWAG), have worked with over 60 Scottish farmers to create habitat benefiting many species of birds and bees.  The farmers involved in the project stretch from Shetland and Orkney to The Borders.

VirtRural Careers

The aim of this event is to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the careers available in Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector. Due to the pandemic, we are going virtual, with the event being open to anyone interested in finding out more about careers in our sector, whether that be career influencers, students, parents or career changers.

Pig Keeping: Pig Temperament and Welfare

The first of four bitesize webinars that will explain what it takes to keep pigs at small scale level.

Megginch Castle, once home to a community of apple-growing monks, will play host to weekly digital farmers’ market NeighbourFood.

Integrating woodland on new entrant farms and crofts

This interactive lunchtime webinar will be hosted by Lynbreck Croft, who will share their experiences of woodland expansion and tree planting, navigating grant systems and providing practical advice.  You will also hear from Lyn White, Scottish Forestry who will outline the grants options available to support woodland expansion on new entrant farms and crofts.  Finally, the webinar will feature a virtual tour of the Glensaugh Farm Agrofores

Farming with trees by the Lake of Menteith

Online event, hosted by Matt Woods from Nether Glenny Farm, Lake of Menteith

The Lake of Menteith is a fishery so water quality is important; it is also surrounded by farms. Join Matt Woods, from Nether Glenny Farm at the top of the lake, and Niels Corfield, agroforestry expert, to hear how farming with trees can be beneficial to your farm and improve water quality in the process.

Five farmers in the East of Scotland are getting their heads together on one of the most fundamental concerns for farmers – how to revitalise soil health to achieve more sustainable farming and profit. 

Making Woodland Work for You

Making Woodland Work for You: Creation, management and funding on Scotland’s west coast, Tuesday 11 August, 2–3.30pm

Online discussion, hosted by Robin and Sam Sedgwick from Crannich Farm, Isle of Mull