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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6O-00755
Asked by: Rona Mackay, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 2 February 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that the interests and livelihoods of tenant farmers are not unduly impacted by its tree planting initiatives.

Current status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 10 February 2022


Answer

Scottish Government agricultural officials are consulted on woodland creation proposals, including the planting on prime agricultural land or whole farm schemes, to ensure the interests and livelihoods of farm businesses are not unduly impacted and where possible they actually benefit and impacts are mitigated.

In addition the Scottish Government supports a farmer and crofter-led initiative, which has a network of farm woodland demonstration sites across Scotland, showcasing how growing trees can boost farming businesses.