Forestry Commission Scotland to encourage Borders farmers to plant more trees

by | Jan 18, 2018 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

Forestry Commission Scotland will be hosting three evening talks to Borders farmers to encourage environmentally friendly tree planting into their business.

The talks, which will be held in Stow, Morebattle and Eddleston, aim to show the land owners the benefits of tree planting on their farms.

Doug Howieson, Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservator for south Scotland said: “The Scottish Government is looking to increase tree planting to help mitigate climate change and to secure timber supplies and jobs for the future.

“Forestry is a long-term business and it takes time to think through woodland creation ideas and turn them into approved grant applications.

“The three evening talks will explain the process and help farmers and land managers fully understand what financial support is available.

“We would welcome all to attend and hope that the talks will encourage land owners to start the process of planning for more woodlands and shelterbelts on their land.

“The three evening talks will be an informative two hours, over three consecutive Wednesday evenings. There will be time afterwards for breakout discussions and to arrange free farm site visits.”

The first talk will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at Eddleston Village Hall from 7pm-9pm.

On Wednesday, February 7, the organisation will head to Morebattle Village Hall at 7pm.

And the final event will take place a week later on February 14 at Stow Town Hall from 7pm-9pm.

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