Forestry management company Tilhill is inviting Scottish farmers, landowners, and land agents to a webinar later this month to hear how they can generate an income from planting trees on their land.

The 'Creating Woodland for Cash, Carbon and Conservation' webinar, happening online on March 25, will be chaired by Tilhill’s forestry director, Tim Liddon, who has over 40 years' experience in the industry. Some of the firm's forest managers will share presentations and walk landowners through their real-life case studies featuring on-site interviews from land-owning clients, and explore the many benefits that can be gained from owning trees, from grants, timber income, and enhancing biodiversity, through to carbon credits and their contribution to tackling climate change.

There will be opportunity to ask professional chartered forest managers questions about creating woodland on what was previously potentially unproductive land.

Underlying the webinar will be the principle of planting the right tree, in the right place, at the right time, with sections looking at –

  • The landowner's objectives;
  • Evaluating the land and farm potential;
  • How agriculture can easily sit alongside tree planting;
  • The woodland creation opportunities and funding;
  • The environmental benefits of woodland creation.

Senior forest manager Calum Murray will start the session and share the knowledge gained in over twenty years in the job, with a leading role in developing the services Tilhill offers in north-east Scotland for both existing and new clients in need of management, or landowners with new woodland creation projects of any scale.

Tilhill’s North Scotland regional manager, Andrew Vaughan, will lead the final presentation and case study illustrating woodland management plan objectives. He will bring his broad experience of 34 years in forestry dealing in highly significant woodland creation projects and large-scale upland planting – and as an examiner for the Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Membership Entry and Assessment of Professional Competence levels since 2006.

In-house ecologist John Gallagher will be also available to answer attendees' questions on the benefits of tree planting for the environment; now and in the future, including water protection, riparian zones, wildlife, flora and fauna and general diversity. John will be joined by David McCulloch, head of CarbonStore, to answer any carbon related questions.

Mr Liddon said: “This webinar will offer a great way to share our many years of knowledge and expertise with farmers and landowners with the aim of helping them to gain real insight from those who have already tapped into the social, economical, and environmental benefits of woodland creation.”

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