Code : ELM T&T Ref 106
Contract Period : 01/12/2020 - 01/05/2023
Main Funder : Defra / UK Government
ORC Staff Contact : Dr Colin Tosh
The project investigates two factors, payment incentives and advice and guidance, that are significant barriers to increased uptake of agroforestry by UK farmers. Project findings will inform design of the UK Governments Environmental Land Management scheme, which will reward farmers for the delivery of public goods.
The Agroforestry ELM Test project is a collaboration between the Organic Research Centre, Woodland Trust, Soil Association, and Abacus Agriculture. The project runs between December 2020 and May 2023, steered by a farmer-led working group including representation from 6 monitor farms and 6 other key stakeholders. The Agroforestry ELM Test aims to gather evidence and opinion from a total network of 30 farms in six clusters representing the different types of agroforestry currently practiced in the UK (silvo-arable, lowland silvo-pasture, upland silvo-pasture, silvo-horticulture and wood pasture/grazed woodland). A series of 6 replicated regional stakeholder workshops will be hosted by each of the monitor farms by March 2022, and thereafter the wider farming community will be consulted in a series of interviews and an online survey by November 2022. After a final consultation with stakeholders, a report will be submitted to Defra summarising outcomes and lessons learned by May 2023.