Confor Woodland Show welcomes farmers

With many concerned about the uncertainty over future subsidies, farmers are increasingly looking for ways to maximise productivity of their land and diversify incomes. Integrating forestry with farming offers valuable opportunities to do that.

There are a number of attractive funding opportunities in England under Countryside Stewardship for woodland creation or improvement, tree health support or to prepare a woodland management plan.

Benefit from tax free forestry income

Grants of up to £6800 per hectare tax free to create new woodland are available, with the possibility of carbon offset income on top.  There is a grant that will pay all the costs of planning your new woodland and getting the required approvals, with no commitment to go ahead with the planting if it does not suit you. Given the long term uncertainty of farming incomes, timber looks a good bet... and all forestry income is tax free.

“With professional advice, farmers and landowners could maximise their business productivity by adding an additional tax free asset to the farm business. As well as bringing moribund woodland into management, land that may otherwise be under-utilised could support a land use that brings additional benefits including on-farm timber, shelter for livestock, biodiversity benefits and future environmental payments for wildlife, carbon and clean water”, says Caroline Ayre, Confor's National manager for England.

 

What to expect at the Confor Woodland Show

Alternating with Confor’s APF Exhibition, the Confor Woodland Show is for anyone interested in forestry providing an excellent opportunity for those working in the industry to meet existing and potential customers. Whether you are a business or an interested individual, there will be something for you in the packed programme of events, talks and topical seminars throughout the two-days of the show.

Climate Change will be the overall theme for this year's show, and for the first time, we especially invite the farming community to come along and find out more about how to make woodlands work on their farms.

“The show has embraced the farming sector and recognises that many farms have small woodlands or even single trees and that these can still make an important contribution to farm budgets.”

Probably the greater proportion of our exhibitors have equipment designed for small-scale use. One of the key features of the show is that machines can be seen working under realistic conditions and most key manufacturers will be represented so you can compare machines side-by-side and see if they live up to what the brochures claim.

The seminars will be of great interest to anybody involved in land use, including farmers. The forest worker zone offers practical workshops and drop-in clinics to help people address real-life challenges they are facing. A

If you want to get started with woodland creation on your farm, why not come to the Confor tent or get information from Forestry Commission, Tilhill Forestry, Pryor & Ricket or other forest management exhibitors. You will get all the guidance you need.