Agri Affairs Conference Programme – Easter Bavelaw Farm

Easter Bavelaw Farm

(The Barr Family)

This site visit will offer SAYFC members a valuable opportunity to see existing woodland creation projects on-site and hear, first hand, the benefits of integrating forestry with farming to help diversify income and maximise productivity of their land. During the visit we will discuss the benefits of woodland for livestock productivity, related environmental benefits, trees as an investment and timber crop, and funding available for Woodland Creation.

Hosts Graham and Becci Barr have recently planted 90,000 trees, centred on a block of unproductive hill ground that had little value for livestock farming. The aim of the recent planting was to secure both short and long term diversified income for the farm.Β  There are also many other benefits they hope to realise, including restricting livestock access to difficult areas; providing shelter; creating and improving riparian wildlife habitats and capturing and storing carbon.

They have also been considering management options for other existing mature woodlands on the farm and these will discussed on the day.

Mark Hamilton, who is the Forestry Agent who designed the recent Woodland Creation scheme with Mr Barr and who managed his FGS application will also be there on the day to contribute/answer any questions.