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Trees & Agroforestry
The report below was written by Niels Corfield.
In late May, 250 Delegates, from as far away as China and Brazil, with a large contingent from France and Europe gathered in Montpelier for the 2016 European Agroforestry Conference. Research, practices and experiences were shared from academics and managers alike were shared across 2 days of conference and 1 day of tours.
Climate friendly practices applied: Agroforestry
Getting in to Agroforestry
by Peter Aspin, Shropshire Agroforestry Project
The Woodland Trust offers financial and practical assistance to help farmers benefit from trees, supporting business objectives and the environment.
Benefits from farm trees
Cost effective livestock shelter - extending the period animals can stay outside
Control stock movement - keep stock away from unsuitable areas
Stephen & Lynn Briggs rent a 105ha farm in Cambridgeshire, UK. Stephen is also a farm business consultant with ‘Abacus Agri’ where he specialises in organic arable production, and is the author of the book ‘Organic Cereal and Pulse Production’. Lynn is also an environmental consultant as well as helping run the farm.
This work was done by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
in Scotland, in collaboration with work in Spain and France. It looked at the potential for abating
ammonia emissions from livestock production systems. 80% of the UK’s ammonia emissions come from
animal manures, either from livestock housing, storage or spreading – a further
10% comes from inorganic fertiliser.
This case study from the SWARM Hub website follows Michael Rogers, a farmer from South Devon and looks at his strategies for introducing trees to the farm.
Michael has focussed on planting productive trees with a 2-3m gap between the hedge and the fence. A variety of different species have been incorporated such as dog rose, spindle, applies, hazels, blackthorn, ash, rowan and some transplanted alders.