UP TO £1000 in woodland creation, management and conservation funding is now available without the need for an Integrated Land Management Plan.

The Scottish Government has lifted the requirement for applicants to complete an ILMP prior to accessing support for woodland creation. Scottish farmers and crofters can now apply for up to £1000 funding through the Farm Advisory Service to enlist the help of a specialist adviser to help with woodland creation.

Prospective applicants can apply for support here: https://www.fas.scot/application-forms/specialist-advice-form/

The adviser will then 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.

Forestry and Farming Development Officer at Scottish Forestry, Lyn White, said: "This is great news and a fantastic opportunity for land managers 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% to 21% of the land area by 2032. These new woodlands will absorb and store carbon and will provide a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits.