Contract Period : 01/02/2023 - 01/05/2023
Main Funder : Defra
ORC Staff Contact : Will Simonson
Assessing the results and outcomes of a mini-grant scheme supporting tree planting activities as part of Defra’s Trees Outside Woodlands programme.
This pilot aims to establish the rate of uptake of agroforestry and traditional orchard establishment in each targeted area and to investigate whether incentives such as government contributions to the initial capital cost of establishment, or tailored advice, could encourage greater uptake by farmers, smallholders, and communities.
The pilot offers an excellent opportunity to assess the effectiveness of a simple grant scheme in encouraging tree planting on farms, identify lessons for informing subsidy mechanisms such as the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and – through a wider review – survey complementary funding mechanisms needed to create an encompassing offer of wide reach.
See also this summary of the project by Tree Council: https://treecouncil.org.uk/science-and-research/shared-outcomes-fund/agroforestry-and-orchards/
Leading the project to investigate how different levels of subsidy and support impact on the uptake of agroforestry and orchards with landowners in the four Trees Outside Woods (TOW) pilot areas.
Understand what barriers to uptake still exist for landowners who have expressed an interest in planting agroforestry and orchard systems and what gaps in funding there may be
Explore different sources of ‘blended’ funding such as loans and carbon credits and how these may fill any gaps in funding that exist.
The pilot explored different levels of funding for agroforestry and orchard planting. The three objectives of the project and their conclusions are:
How different levels of funding and support affect uptake:
Existing barriers to further uptake:
Feasibility of blended funding:
Other key positives of the pilot were:
This project required a combination of methods to evaluate the success of the Agroforestry and Orchards Pilot. Online surveys, farm visits, semi-structured interviews, and a literature review have formed the bulk of the work and were carried out over April to June 2023. The results fed into the final report which has been reviewed by Defra and the other project partners and is now published.