Farmers hosted a tree planting event in Perthshire

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Farmers in the Perth & Kinross area – who may be considering adding trees to their business model – were invited to a ‘Walking and Talking Trees’ event in Pitlochry.

The free event is part of the Integrating Trees Network, a farmers’ initiative supported by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Government.

Mains of Fincastle farmer Andrew Barbour and his family will take fellow farmers on a tour of their farm to discuss the benefits of tree planting.

Lyn White, Scottish Forestry Development Officer, said: “Our Integrating Trees Network events are very popular with farmers. They have been hosted online for the past 18 months due to the pandemic, but we are now able to hold the events on the actual farms, which is great news.

“The events are very informal and allow others to see and hear firsthand from others who have successfully grown trees to boost their businesses.

“There’s never a hard sell,” stressed Ms. White. “What we do is connect farmers with farmers, whilst also providing advice on the financial support that is available through the Forestry Grants Scheme.

“We welcome everyone who comes by, and then they can decide at their leisure whether planting trees is right for their business.”

During the event, the Barbour family will introduce everyone to their 540-acre organic beef and sheep hill farm, and Mr. Barbour will explain his reasons for planting trees, the benefits it has brought – and the challenges he has faced.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 13, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Anyone who would like to book a seat for the free event can do so at https://bit.ly/3qaJeRh or via Eventbrite.

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