Tag Archives: Farming

Agroforestry in Scotland? Forestry Grant Scheme funding still available until December 2020

In today’s blog, our woodlands specialist, Kate Holl, talks about the many benefits of agroforestry for farmers, as well as the funding available. Agroforestry simply means integrating trees into agricultural land.  But in contrast to farm woodland creation, which normally … Continue reading

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Inch Farm: farming and the environment in action

Kirsten Brewster, SNH Agriculture Officer, visited Inch Farm and met with farmer Andrew to discuss his Agri-Environment Climate Scheme. The farm, in Fife’s East Neuk, has views across to both the Isle of May and Bass Rock. On the day … Continue reading

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Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods – Land use conference highlights

SNH staff attended The Scottish Biennial Land Use and the Environment conference late last year.  The event – organised by SRUC and partners, including SNH, SEPA, SEFARI, CEH, JHI and Forest Research – attracted a large audience of policy makers, … Continue reading

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East Lothian Farming and Wildlife: developing a sustainable future for both farming and wildlife

Mike Thornton, Operations Officer for the Forth Area reports on a workshop hosted by SNH, and Lochhouses Farm in East Lothian that considered the future of agri-environment work in the arable sector. Although protected sites, such as Site of Special … Continue reading

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Sharing Good Practice: Farmers and Nature

Last month, Battleby Auditorium played host to a popular Sharing Good Practice event, Farmers and Nature: promoting success and looking forward. We wanted farmers to share their success stories about how they farm sustainably to benefit nature. And we weren’t … Continue reading

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Diversification at Parkhill Farm

Parkhill farm has been in Roger Howison’s family for 117 years; over 215 hectares of mixed farmland rolling down to the banks of the River Tay and originally farmed by monks from the nearby Abbey.  Our Rural Resources Graduate Kristen … Continue reading

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Learn from the best – award winning Ruthven Farm

Ruthven farm outside Tomintoul has become something of a magnet for journalists and cameras since farmers Jim and Lesley Simmons successfully scooped the 2016 Cairngorms Nature Farm Award and the more recent Food and Farming accolade in the 2017 Nature … Continue reading

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Agroecology: in farmers’ words

SNH, with other agencies in the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG)*, has published a report on farmers’ experiences of transition to agroecological approaches. The Organic Research Centre undertook the work with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. Here, we describe … Continue reading

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Mossgiel farm – the land once worked by Robert Burns

Arriving at Mossgiel farm on a bright January morning to speak to farmer Bryce Cunningham I am met first by the face of another famous Ayrshire dairy farmer: that of poet Robert Burns which adorns the Mossgiel farm advertising.  It’s … Continue reading

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