Soil and water are hot topics in farming right now. Farmers are facing unprecedented challenges from periods of flooding and drought and Britain’s soils are reaching crisis point, leading experts to warn that some soils have as few as 100 harvests left.
Without healthy soils, clean water and an abundance of wildlife, including pollinators and beneficial insects, farming is not sustainable. We are gathering evidence and working with farmers to demonstrate the positive role trees can play in protecting and enhancing our natural resources. This autumn we will be sharing this knowledge with farmers via the Campaign for the Farmed Environment's (CFE) event programme.
How can trees help?
Trees and hedges act as natural barriers, reducing erosion by protecting soils and crops from the full impact of intense rainfall and strong winds. Deeper rooting trees improve soil stability, leaf litter adds valuable organic matter back to the soil and root debris can improve soil structure, all benefiting farmers’ future crops as well as the land.
Hear from a Nottinghamshire farmer who planted a mixture of tree belts and hedges to stop the soil being washed off his farm here.