Agroforestry

Simply put, agroforestry means combining agriculture and trees

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What Is Agroforestry?

Agroforestry describes farming systems that combine trees and shrubs with agricultural crops or livestock. 

Agroforestry can be designed in a way that avoids potential trade-offs between food production and other public goods that occur in many modern farming systems.

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

How can the Government unlock the opportunities of agroforestry?

Brexit has given us the opportunity to make changes to existing policy such as the Agriculture Bill. This is our chance to create change.  

Here are our 7 recommendations to Government to encourage more trees on farms.

Don't take our word for it...

Agroforestry really works. Hear from real farmers and find out how they're reaping the rewards of agroforestry in the case studies below

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