FORESTRY COMMISSION Scotland is hosting three evening talks in the Scottish Borders aimed at encouraging farmers and land owners to integrate tree planting into their business, and provide information on the forestry grants that are available to help support tree planting and woodland management.

The talks are to be held between 7pm to 9pm at Eddleston Village Hall, on Wednesday January 31; Morebattle Village Hall, on Wednesday February 7, and Stow Town Hall, on Wednesday February 14.

Forestry Commission Scotland’s Conservator for South Scotland, Doug Howieson, 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," he said. “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 topics for discussion will include a full summary of the Forestry Grants Scheme and what grants are available for woodland creation in particular. Also covered will be the benefits of woodland planting on farms, and the sequence of events that needs to be considered from early ideas to an approved grant contract.

FCS will be supported by the Tweed Forum at the evening talks. The Forum has extensive experience in riparian and native woodland planting to prevent flooding.

Over the three evening sessions, FCS will also be raffling a chainsaw-carved perched eagle made of Western Red Cedar, which has been made by champion carver Peter Bowsher, with proceeds going towards Tree Aid Africa.

If you are interested in attending one of these evening events, contact the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 6007, or email .