CROFTERS and farmers are being invited to an event on Skye which is aimed at showcasing the benefits of growing trees.

Phil Knott, who runs Wildlife Croft at Drumfearn on Skye, is encouraging others to visit his award-winning business to see first-hand how trees have boosted his croft.  

The event is being held on Thursday, Auigust 31, between 2 pm and 5 pm. It’s the second event Phil is hosting that day due to popular demand, with his morning event already being fully booked out.

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The showcasing of the benefits of trees to crofting and farming businesses is part of the Integrating Trees Network, which is an initiative supported by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Government.

Phil has recently become a host volunteer for the Integrating Trees Network, therefore sharing his knowledge and expertise with others who are thinking of growing trees as part of their business. 

He said: “I’m really pleased that there is so much interest in growing trees. The first event in the morning was quickly booked out so we are now running a second event too.

“During the visit to the croft I will explain how growing trees has benefited our business in so many ways, including providing shelter for the poly tunnel and providing firewood and charcoal through coppicing.

Forestry Journal: Phil Knott, who runs Wildlife Croft at Drumfearn on SkyePhil Knott, who runs Wildlife Croft at Drumfearn on Skye (Image: FLS)

“We’ve planted a further 3,000 native trees, fruit trees, hedges and created wildflower meadows too. This has all created a haven for biodiversity.”

The Walking and Talking Trees event is free and staff from Scottish Forestry and a Croft Woodland Advisor from Woodland Trust Scotland will also be attending.

Booking is essential and be aware that the event is on steep ground so might not be accessible for all.