Farmers to be told of woodland benefits and responsibilities

Tilhill Forestry will be exhibiting for the first time at the Cereals 2016 event in Cambridgeshire on 15-16 June to explain how trees and woodlands can benefit farmers.

Image: London Road (CC)
Image: London Road (CC)

A team including senior forest manager Oli Hands will discuss owning, managing and planting woodland and the grants that are available to farmers for this.

"We can advise on every aspect of woodland management including managing for sporting interests like shooting as well as encouraging wildlife," Hands said. "We particularly want to raise awareness that owning trees, from one to a forest, brings responsibility - landowners and managers have a duty of care to the public to safely maintain the trees on their land.

"In particular, where trees adjoin roads, public rights of way or other situations where trees could pose a danger to members of the public, simply holding Public Liability Insurance is no longer sufficient and many insurers are now calling for tree surveys to be undertaken regularly and for any remedial action to be carried out promptly."

Tilhill offers a comprehensive inspection service and can also advise on planting new woodlands, applying for grants, restoring lowland Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS), developing woodland for timber and wood fuel, and environmental enhancement.

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