Land managers and policy makers need to re-appreciate where and when it is beneficial to integrate trees with farm systems. This workshop will examine a wide range of agroforestry practices which can improve farm profitability and provide environmental benefits for society. It will seek ways to maximise areas of synergy and to minimise or avoid areas of tension.
Society requires land managers who can profitably provide food, fibre, and bio-energy in a socially and environmentally responsible way. In the context of increased demands on land use, this workshop will argue that segregating land use into either “agriculture” or “forestry” is self-defeating. For individual businesses, practices such as wood-pastures, grazed orchards, biofuel hedgerows, shelterbelts, woodland eggs, and woodland grazing can provide additional revenue and often welfare benefits. At a landscape level, appropriate integration of trees with farming can increase carbon storage, reduce runoff and nitrate leaching, and enhance biodiversity.
This workshop seeks presentations from potential speakers who are successfully integrating trees with farming. Locally, this is anticipated to include work by the Woodland Trust and Harper Adams on tree browsing on dairy farms and the use of shelter-belts. Within Europe, the workshop will seek presenters from research projects such as “AGFORWARD” which is promoting agroforestry and working with about 800 farmers and other stakeholders across 15 countries and 26 institutions across Europe (www.agforward.eu). We invite presentations on the technical, economic, social or policy aspects of agroforestry, and particular welcome presentations which emphasise practical applications.
Depending on the timing, we anticipate that we will arrange a field trip to see the local use of shelterbelts and/or the use of tree browse on dairy farms.
The initial proposal is for a standard workshop format of oral presentations, posters and discussion. The proposed span of each presentation is 10 minutes. We will encourage presentations which include both a researcher and a practitioner.
Jo Smith (Organic Research Centre, UK)
Rosa Mosquera Losada (European Agroforestry Federation, and University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Mike Strachan (Forestry Commission, UK)
Helen Cheshire (Woodland Trust, UK)
Dirk Freese (Brandenburgische Technische Universitat Cottbus – Senftenberg, Germany)
Piero Paris (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto di Biologia Agroambientale e Forestale, Porano, Italy
Jim Waterson, Harper Adams University