Young farmers across the country have an unmissable opportunity to transform their land into flourishing woodland, thanks to a special offer from the Woodland Trust.
The Trust is marking the 80th anniversary of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) by facilitating the planting of 80 hectares (198 acres) of new native woodland.
The offer is part of the Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods initiative, supported by Forest Service. Experts will check land suitability, help with the design of the wood, and offer advice on tree species. And thanks to Forest Service’s Woodland Grant Scheme, this comes at little or no cost to YFCU members.
Native woodland, as well as being vital to our health and wellbeing, offers a whole range of benefits to farmers. Trees planted on exposed parts of the farm can provide shelter and shade for livestock, while carefully sited woodland can help prevent flooding and cleanse nearby watercourses. And in the longer term, new woodland can produce sustainable supplies of timber and wood-fuel.
Brian Poots of the Woodland Trust said: “Members of the Young Farmers’ Clubs have a wonderful opportunity to mark this special anniversary through the creation of woodland – a growing and lasting gift.” He continued: “These young people already have an obvious interest in rural life, and we’re now making it easy for them to bring the beauty and benefits of woodland to the farm.”
Apply online now at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/plant-your-own-wood/morewoods/Pages/northern-ireland.aspx Applications must be received by 30 April 2010. For further information, telephone Brian Poots of the Woodland Trust on 08452 935 749.