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 practical resources and articles you’ll find helpful when thinking about implementing agroforestry systems on your farm.

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

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.

Twelve Year Field Lab Into The Benefits Of Silvopasture

Find out more about a 12 year farmer-led field lab from Innovative Farmers in Devon.

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

Three silvopasture tree planting designs to suit your farm

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

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.

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. 

Grant and funding opportunities

An overview of some of the current resources available for agroforestry projects.

Agroforestry in Scotland

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

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