Agroforestry on your farm

Agroforestry is a practice of farming that combines trees and livestock or crops together. This  may be in the form of hedgerows, tree clumps or strips, trees planted round the edges of fields, or even bringing livestock into existing woodland.

Below are short documentary films, practical resources and articles you’ll find helpful when thinking about implementing agroforestry systems on your farm.

Become a farming ambassador

Are you a farmer or advisor passionate about agroforestry and keen to have an impact? 

Become an ambassador and be part of our mission to change farming one tree at a time.

Join an agroforestry network

Find out more about how other farmers in your area are integrating trees into their land.

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The Agroforestry Show 2023

In September 2023, we co-hosted the first UK Agroforestry Show in partnership with the Woodland Trust. 

Listen to recordings of all the sessions, on topics like nut production, benefits of silvohorticulture for veg growers, funding opportunities, agroforestry for tenant farmers, high value timber and more.

With thanks to our main sponsor Sainsbury's.

Film: Agroforestry in the Uplands

Through the eyes of three farmers, in Devon, Brecon and Perthshire, this short documentary explores the benefits of agroforestry on upland farms.

Trees and hedgerows provide shade and shelter for livestock, but they also improve soil health, capture carbon and encourage wildlife and biodiversity.

Agroforestry systems also makes financial sense for farm businesses.

Free Agroforestry Handbook

For practical advice on system design, case studies, the economic case for agroforestry and market opportunities

Agroforestry and farm woodlands e-learning

Learn about system design and management and how to get started

Film: Agroforestry in the UK

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 in this agroforestry documentary video.

Silvopasture tree planting designs to suit your farm

Designs for shelter belts, regular spaced strips and open grazed clustered wood pasture.

How silvohorticulture can benefit your farm

Marina O'Connell from Devon's Apricot Centre and Andy Dibben from Abbey Home Farm in Gloucestershire share their experiences.

Benefits of agroforestry on your farm

Find out how agroforestry helps you to:
improve soil health
keep water sources clean
sequester carbon
mitigate floods
increase biodiversity
increase productivity
improve animal welfare
reduce inputs

Agroforestry definitions

Silvo-pastoral agroforestry: grazing animals under trees. The animals enrich the soil while the trees provide shade, shelter and fodder for the animals.

Silvo-arable agroforestry: crops grown beneath or between trees, often in rows which are large enough for a tractor to tend to the crops without damaging the trees. This is farming in 3D, the trees and the crops occupy different levels above ground, below ground where the tree roots will reach down deeper than the crops. 

Could trees supplement forage?

Dr Lindsay Whistance, livestock researcher at the Organic Research Centre, asks whether you could look to trees to supplement your forage needs in winter.

Trees and woodland in the farmed landscape

A farmer-led approach to agroforestry and farm woodland

Trees and woodland in the farmed landscape

A diverse and resilient agroforestry and farm woodland economy

The case for regenerative farm-scale forestry

A farmer led approach to the regenerative management of farm woodlands as a farm-scale forestry enterprise

Regenerative forestry

Working collectively to manage forests is better for our climate, nature and people

Payments for agroforestry, Jan 2024

SFI changes and updates specifically relating to agroforestry

Agroforestry in Scotland

Resources, grant guidance, events and more, with a focus on the issues and landscape of Scotland.