Lochaber and Hebridean crofters invited to discuss tree planting

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Crofters across Lochaber and the Hebrides are being invited to a free forestry event.

The Tea and Trees with Crofters event is being held online on Tuesday September 28, from 6-7pm and will inform participants of the benefits and help available for planting trees as part of their business.

It is part of the Integrating Trees Network programme which is run by Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Government.

Its aim is to let crofters across Scotland hear from other crofters who have grown trees to boost their business.

Lyn White, Scottish Forestry’s forestry and farming development officer, explained: ‘This event aims to bring crofters together to chat about woodland projects with specialists from Scottish Forestry and the Woodland Trust, who operate the Croft Woodland Project.

‘We also have Andrew Hall, a Shetland crofter who has successfully integrated trees into his business. His experiences are well worth hearing.

‘It’s also a way to make connections and simply learn from others what the challenges might be and ways to overcome them.’

The event is the second Tea and Trees with Crofters to be held; the first one attracted the crofting communities from all over Skye, North Uist, Applecross, Lewis and Sutherland.

Lyn added: ‘It was a great hour of discussion, full of folk sharing their experiences of tree planting, asking funding advice and even highlighting how the trees can provide benefits to bullocks and bees.’

Places are limited for this event so crofters are being urged to book promptly.