The management teams of the Ring of Gullion, the Mournes and Strangford and Lecale AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Nature Beauty) have teamed up with the Woodland Trust to invite interested members of the farming community to sign up for a farm plan project.
This is the second year of a project which is working closely with farmers to partner them in trialling a new approach to delivering sustainable, improved and diversified farm businesses.
The project focuses on the use of ‘green infrastructure’ and management changes as an essential part of farming production. As part of the project, there will be a chance for some farmers to get a farm plan for their farms. The purpose of the farm plan is to work in partnership with the farmer to provide him or her with a plan specific to their individual needs and ideas going forward. If the farmer wishes, they can be provided with assistance in exploring potential funding opportunities, which will facilitate them in the roll out of the plan on their farm.
The Woodland Trust as a charity that supports the planting of trees and hedges, know that they need to work closely with farmers and help support them in their primary business of food production. The Woodland Trust is focused on supporting communities and using the many benefits that trees provide to help achieve this. Shelter and trees are only part of a bigger picture and for that reason the farm survey work will, when required offer support and signposting towards information of pasture management, stock changes and diversification opportunities and more.
There is a limited number of farm plans available, to find out more contact Michael Topping, Outreach Adviser for the Woodland Trust.
Mobile: 07990 567 014
Email: [email protected]