How farm and forest work together
Put simply, agroforestry means farming with trees. Farmers worry that planting trees means giving up productive land and losing the basic payment, which it doesn’t. Agroforestry can mean anything from shelter belts, hedgerows and timber plantations to a fully integrated farming system, where livestock and/or arable crops and trees are interdependent. Farming with trees has many benefits for land, livestock, wildlife – and for business.
Hear from farmers on agroforestry
Scottish farmers and landowners are putting agroforestry principles into practice in silvo-pasture and silvo-arable systems. Read about the difference agroforestry is making on farms and estates across Scotland.
On the Rottal Estate in Angus, landowner Dee Ward’s work with nature is transforming the landscape. He shares how riparian tree planting (planting by water) has created shelter for the sheep grazing in the fields below, and helped mitigate climate change
WHY PLANT TREES ON FARMS?
Iain and Marion Macdonald of Ardoch and Threepland farms, East Renfrewshire, say they have turned their livestock farm around by planting acres of hard-to-farm land with trees.
INTEGRATING FARMING AND FORESTRY
In Broughton in the Borders, award-winning farmer Peter Gascoigne has transformed his farm business using trees. He says the trees provide tax-free income for his family, enhance his farm business and give him the pleasure of seeing more wildlife.
Read our agroforestry handbook
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Our free handbook was written by leading researchers and practitioners with decades of experience in agroforestry. This book will help you assess the potential business benefits for your farm or client, and to understand the possible benefits for the wider environment.