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.
Making woodland work on the farm
Since moving to Crannich Farm, Isle of Mull in 2003, Robin and Sam Sedgwick have planted thousands of trees – with plans to plant thousands more.
Expert advice on agroforestry
DOWNLOAD THE HANDBOOK
Our free handbook was written by leading agroforestry researchers and practitioners, to help you assess the business and wider environmental benefits for your farm or client.
Watch: Tree planting on your farm
Two webinars with agroforestry expert Niels Corfield to help you get started with planting trees on your farm.
Farming with Trees: water quality
Farmer Matt Woods from the Lake of Menteith and agroforestry expert Neils Corfield discuss farming with trees, soil and water quality.
Getting started with agroforestry
Niels Corfield, a specialist in soil health, pasture health, agroforestry, and whole farm planning, offers his advice on how to get started with an agroforestry project.
WATCH: Agroforestry working in Scotland
Filmed at Mains of Fincastle farm, Perthshire, Andrew and Seonag Barbour talk about agroforestry in action
Planting trees to diversify
Farmer and environmental advisor Richard Lockett of Knockbairn Farm, Dingwall, on agroforestry and farm diversification