Launching the new scheme in Dunkeld yesterday, Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham described it as an imaginative approach to encourage more management of semi-natural native woodlands in Scotland through sensitive livestock grazing. She said it was an age-old system that these days is not as widely used as it could be.
The Controlled Livestock Grazing of Woodland grant – available through the SRDP Rural Priorities funding stream – aims to encourage more landowners to adopt dual-land use practices.
The joint initiative between Forestry Commission Scotland, and Scottish Natural Heritage, draws on European Commission funding. Grant support will be provided through annual payments of 87/hectare/year for a period of five years and this can be supplemented with additional Woodland Improvement Grant funding.
In addition to supporting semi-natural woodland, the grant is also available to potential applicants with Plantation on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) that are actively being restored to native woodland.