Creating woodland on agricultural land can be a highly effective way of mitigating climate change. However, planting rates over the last decade have fallen well below the Scottish Government’s aspiration of creating 100,000 hectares of woodland in Scotland over the 2012-2022 period.
Farmers are expected to plant a large proportion of the necessary woodland but evidence suggests that they are reluctant to do so.
This report is a summary of research by ClimateXChange on barriers to woodland expansion. The report also looks at policy measures that may encourage farmers to plant more trees on agricultural land.