15 June 1998
Farmers turn from sheep to forestry

DOZENS of farmers in north-east Scotland are changing from rearing sheep to commercial forestry.

Two years ago, the original aim had been to plant 500ha (1,235 acres) of land under the Grampian Forest initiative, which offers cash incentives to make the switch. This year, an estimated 2,000ha (4,941 acres) will be planted.

Jason Findon, the project manager for the initiative, said the scheme had “really taken off”. He said: “Until now it hasnt made economic sense to move into forestry, but the additional payments under the Challenge Fund initiative, on top of the normal Forestry Commission grants and the annual farm woodland premium scheme payments, has made it possible for farmers to diversify.

  • The Scotsman 15/06/98 page 7