To Farmers and Landowners 

We work with farmers and landowners in the Isle of Man in creating areas of new woodland along field margins, field corners, or on other pieces of land. Our aims are to provide wildlife areas for birds and insects as well to enhance the beauty of the Island and make a contribution to carbon capture.

Isle of Man Friends of the Earth started to plant broad leaved trees on the Island in 1993, and some of the areas planted are already woodlands with trees up to 8 meters tall. Many of these plantings were around field edges, and it is amazing the difference to the landscape that 100 trees can make. We aim to continue this work.

Bare figures are impressive but do not reveal the true benefits of an increasingly beautiful landscape that we will leave for our children and grandchildren. It is also a source of intense satisfaction to revisit an area where you have previously helped plant trees and see them healthy and growing well.

If you have a corner of a field or an area of land which you would like to be planted with young trees, then we are able to provide trees and volunteers to plant them. The areas need to be made stock-proof for the first ten years of their lives. A donation to cover the costs for saplings and materials would be appreciated but alternatively there might be financial assistance available through government’s tree grand scheme or from our charity’s funds.

The costs per sapling are 5£ with a plastic tube and stake or 3£ with a spiral and bamboo cane. The tube and stake version is our recommended option as it requires less maintenance, offers more support for the sapling and the tubes can be re-used.

As farmers and landowners, you will already be aware of the value of wildlife areas and woodland habitats for increasing biodiversity, flood control and health of the land. Not only do they provide food and protection for insects and birds, but they make a safe environment for pollinating insects which are so important in the growing of food crops.

If you would like to take up this offer to have trees planted, please contact Steve Prescott by emailing or calling 07624 354905