Changing the future of food and farming

Agroforestry 2017

Event Date : June 22, 2017

Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL

Organised by Woodland Trust, Royal Forestry Society, ORC and Soil Association.
Agroforestry, growing trees in fields, can boost farms’ productivity and profits.

It is farming in 3D, getting two or more crops from the same land. By growing upwards as well as at ground level productivity is increased, making the best use of light, nutrients and moisture. Examples include fruit tree alleys in cereal crops, and hedges on livestock farms providing wood fuel.

A major review for the Land Use Policy Group found that it had more potential than any other system for the ‘sustainable intensification’ of farming.

How could it work for you? What would be the practical benefits? How have others got past obstacles like getting permission from their landlord, or finding a buyer for their tree crops or timber?

This is a practical and inspiring day for farmers, foresters, landowners and researchers interested in agroforestry. We will hear from people who are making agroforestry work for them. Farmers, foresters and advisors with hands-on experience will talk about the benefits, risks and how to make it happen.

The day will appeal to policy makers, too, bringing together the UK’s leading agroforestry practitioners and experts. It will highlight policy measures that would accelerate the uptake of agroforestry and the public benefits that it delivers.

For more information and to book go to: soilassociation.org/agroforestry

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