THE Scottish Government has lifted requirements to complete an Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP) prior to accessing funding support for woodland creation.

Since 1st May, Scottish farmers and crofters, can now apply for up to £1,000 funding through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), to enlist the help of a specialist adviser to help with woodland creation.

The adviser will work with the land manager to add value to underproductive land by reviewing farm-specific opportunities and financial incentives available to create or manage woodland. This includes identifying the most suitable grants and assistance packages that farmers and crofters can use to optimise the use and value of their land.

Lyn White, forestry and farming development officer at Scottish Forestry, said: "This is great news and a fantastic opportunity for land mangers across Scotland who are interested in woodland creation to receive professional advice and discuss their farm’s objectives around creating new woodlands, whether it be for shelter for livestock, habitat for wildlife, helping to reduce their carbon footprint or future income from timber sales. There are a wide range of forestry grant scheme options to choose from so practical informative advice is key to getting the right tree in the right place."

The Scottish Government has an ambitious target to increase woodland cover in Scotland from around 19 per cent to 21 per cent of the land area by 2032.

Prospective applicants can apply for support here.

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