FARMERS who are growing their business, diversifying or planning for succession can find out about the benefits of woodland and timber crops at an event happening later this month in Lennoxtown.

Run by Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service, the 'Wood You Like to Diversify?' event will look at site suitability, grants and costs, and the financial and other benefits of woodland and timber crops.

Delivered by experts from SAC Consulting, the day will also include a visit to the privately-owned and recently-planted Balcorrach Woodland, north of Lennoxtown – which neighbours an area of the same name planted by Forestry and Land Scotland.

Four speakers will talk through the various subject areas, including senior forestry consultant Malcolm Young and senior consultant Robin Mair, woodland creation officer at Scottish Forestry, Virginia Harden-Scott; and agribusiness relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank, James Heaton.

Mr Young said: “Many farmers are now discovering the value of integrating woodland and timber crops with their businesses, so much so that many wished they had done it sooner.

“With the current Forestry Grant Scheme set to continue post-Brexit, there has rarely been a better time to plant trees.”

The event, which includes a free lunch, will run from 11am to 3pm on Friday September 27, at the Campsie Memorial Hall in Lennoxtown.

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