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Land Use Integration: Fitting new woodlands into the future for farming
While our location is Scotland, this is a topic that is relevant to all areas of the UK.
With the drive for more woodland creation, in particular on agricultural land, this year’s ICF National Study Tour will focus on land use integration in the autumn talks and site visits planned by 2018 Technical Coordinator Andrew Sheridan MICFor in Scotland’s Southern Uplands.
Our speakers will explore recent changes to the economics of hill farming and what opportunities, such as grants, have been created to diversify businesses with more woodland.
Political support for woodland creation has never been greater in Scotland, with a planting target of 10,000ha per annum now being achieved and increased. During the National Study Tour we will investigate:
- the main factors responsible for this upturn
- where to get expert advice on the outlook for hill farming and forestry after Brexit
- how a step-change in afforestation can take place whilst improving the resilience of rural communities
On Wednesday 3 October, we meet at the Best Western Moffat Hotel for early evening scene setting talks before an informal Study Tour Dinner. On Thursday 4 October, minibuses will transport us on our visits to:
Carrifran Wildwood is owned by the Borders Forest Trust in an ice-carved valley in the Moffat Hills.
The Carrifran Wildwood project extends to just over 600ha and seeks to re-create a valley of wooded wilderness in the Southern Uplands with the rich diversity of native species that existed there thousands of years ago before human activities became dominant.
Discussion focus: Rewilding post CAP as an opportunity or threat to foresters and farmers.
Also owned by the Borders Forest Trust, the vision for here is a community-engaged, sustainable project integrating the restoration of native woodlands, wetlands and heathlands with a hill farm operating on organic principles.
Discussion focus: The challenges of integrating woodlands sustainably into upland hill farming in current agri-economic climate.
Mollin Moor, near St Ann’s
Here, delegates will see an example of typical recent larger scale commercial afforestation on a mixed estate, which has been funded through Scotland’s Forestry Grant Scheme.
Discussion focus: The economics of commercial conifer afforestation versus traditional hill farming.
On both days we will be joined by experts who will lead our discussions.
Our speakers will explore the changes to the economics of hill farming in recent years and what opportunities, such as grants, have been created to diversify businesses with more trees and forests.
Among them will be:
- Doug Howieson MICFor, Conservator for FC’s South Scotland Forest District
- Julian Bell, senior rural business consultant and farm business management expert for SAC Consulting
- David Johnstone, owner/manager of Annandale Estates and Chair of Scottish Land & Estates.
Who Should Attend?
Forest and woodland managers and other practitioners, land agents, land owners, policy makers, and planners who want to:
- stay ahead and consider potential new markets
- share knowledge and build professional networks with like-minded forestry and arboricultural sector professionals.
Where to Stay?
If you require accommodation for the Study Tour, ICF has arranged overnight stays for the night of Wednesday 3 October, single occupancy, B&B at:
The Best Western Moffat House Hotel – SOLD OUT
The Buccleuch Arms Hotel – SOLD OUT
The Famous Start Hotel – SOLD OUT
Alternative accommodation is also available to book direct with the inn or guest house, including the Black Bull Inn, Moffat.
How to Book
Only open for ICF members’ priority booking at present. Please ensure that you read the terms and condition of booking the ICF National Study Tour 2018 before confirming your booking.
Please note that places for the National Study Tour are limited and a waiting list will be in operation when the tour is full.
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