This event gives farmers and land managers the opportunity to discuss the benefits and practicalities of agroforestry.
In the unfolding climate crisis we are being urged to increase the amount of trees in our landscape to boost carbon capture, but trees in an agricultural system can have a myriad of additional benefits and even add new enterprises to the farm business. Hedges, in-field trees, shelter belts, orchards and grazed woodlands all count as agroforestry and can all have a positive impact on livestock health, soil health, water management and nutrient management.
This event is being organised by Somerset Wildlife Trust and will be chaired by Eleanor Higginson the facilitator of a farm cluster in the Mendip Hills who are part of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund initiative.
Speakers will include Lindsay Whistance, Senior Livestock Researcher at The Organic Research Centre and Jeremy Evans, Outreach Advisor for the Southwest at the Woodland Trust. We will discuss what considerations need to be made when establishing an agroforestry system in order to maximise benefits and what those benefits could be.
This session will be held online via Zoom – you will be sent the Zoom link and instructions by email upon booking.