FARMERS in Aberdeenshire and in the Highlands are being invited to two events aimed at encouraging the integration of trees into farming businesses.

Both events are free and are being run by the Integrating Trees Network, which is a farmer-led initiative supported by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Government.

The first event is being hosted by Richard Lockett at the award winning Knockbain Farm in Dingwall on Wednesday, July 19, between 10am-1pm.

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The second event, organised at Donald Barrie’s Glensaugh, Fettercairn, takes place on Thursday, July 27, from 1pm until 4pm. 

Lyn White, Scottish Forestry’s forestry and farming development officer, said: “Growing trees can provide shelter for livestock, improve the farm’s environment, diversify the business and provide a future income.

“There are many forestry grants that farmers can take advantage of and we will be able to discuss these in full on the day.  

“The events are informal and provide a no pressure environment for farmers to find out whether tree planting is a good fit for their farm businesss.”

The Aberdeenshire event will be hosted by Donald Barrie, who recently joined the Integrating Trees Network. At Glensaugh he runs two sheep flocks, and herds of Luing cattle and red deer.

Forestry Journal: Farmer Richard Lockett (left) and his family on Knockbain FarmFarmer Richard Lockett (left) and his family on Knockbain Farm (Image: Scottish Forestry)

Donald is keen to share his knowledge and experience of how the farm’s woodlands have created shelter, shade, marketable timber and improved the biodiversity of his business.

He added: “The are so many positives about tree planting but you have to put the right tree in the right place, and for the right reason. I’m happy to talk through and show other farmers how I planned and chose different species of tree for my farm.”

Booking of each event is available here.