Agroforestry

Combining trees with crops or livestock is more productive, better for wildlife and healthier for the planet, but only 3% of the UK’s farmland currently practices agroforestry.  

Find out how we’re working with farmers to achieve our goal of over half of UK farms having agroforestry systems in place by 2030.

What Is Agroforestry?

Agroforestry is the practice of combining agricultural crops or livestock with trees and shrubs. It is a great example of agroecology in action.

Agroforestry provides healthier soil, higher yields and vital homes for wildlife. 

 

What Are The Benefits?

Agroforestry has multiple benefits. 

Research has revealed that it can:

  • Enhance farm productivity
  • Increase wildlife
  • Improve soil health and animal welfare
  • Manage water flow
  • Contribute to climate change mitigation

Support us

With support from people like you we’ve already helped plant thousands more trees on farms. Become a member of the Soil Association charity and you’ll champion agroforestry on more farmland - tackling climate change, creating homes for wildlife and helping farmers be more productive.

Apricots and almonds on Eastbrook Farm

Find out more about this organic agroforestry project with Head of Horticulture, Ben Raskin.

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What more can be done?

Download our report to read more on the benefits, barriers and opportunities for agroforestry, plus our 7 recommendations for Government.

Agroforestry Handbook

This handbook is the essential guide to agroforestry for farmers and advisors. Learn about the benefits and how to implement it on your farm.

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