Scottish Forestry triples bracken control grant rate
Scottish Forestry officials have confirmed the payment will rise from £225 to £720 per hectare, in a bid to increase the country's woodland creation levels, as reported by Forestry Journal. The triple grant rate increase concerns the manual and mechanical bracken control in Scotland, in hopes of helping crofters and farmers wishing to establish or expand woodland and integrate trees into their business. Mairi Gougeon stated “Ultimately, this will help in getting new trees in the ground, resulting in a welcome boost to our yearly woodland creation targets”.
With the removal of asulox from the bracken control toolbelt, mechanical methods such as machine, hand rolling, cutting or whipping will need to be implemented instead. The growth of bracken is an increasing concern, and the support for new woodland creation could see these two issues tackled together.
Forestry.gov.scot mentions Scotland's very ambitious woodland creation targets rising yearly – reaching 18,000 ha of new woodland by 2024/5. But to achieve these targets, a collective effort from government, landowners, forestry and environment sectors, communities, farmers and crofters will be needed.
The increase in support for bracken control also comes in advance of the Woodland Creation Summit which is to be held in Perthshire on 12th December.
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