We took part in a number of sessions promoting the benefits of trees on farms with our enthusiastic ambassadors David Brass, who has planted more than 40,000 trees to benefit his poultry business, and Stephen Briggs, who introduced alley cropping on his Cambridgeshire arable farm and saw a dramatic increase in productivity.
Standing room only
Along with our senior farming adviser, Helen Chesshire, and Dr Andy Smith, who is leading research at Bangor University on the impact of trees on the productivity of sheep, they spoke to packed standing room only seminars. They explained that rather than seeing planting trees as a barrier to getting the basic farm payment, the benefits – both practical and financial – can in fact outweigh that loss.
We were proud to support the launch of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, a group of farmers who want to champion farming that is sustainable and good for nature. The network intends to secure better policies for food and farming and demonstrate that farming and nature can – and must – go hand in hand.
We hosted the network on our stand. Their ethos fits well with our own. Like us, they believe agriculture needs to be profitable and sustainable and farmers should receive adequate payments for undertaking environmental and nature-friendly activities.
Trees must be an integral part of a sustainable land use policy. They look good but more than that, they do good. If you’d like to find out more about planting trees on your farm, click here and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with one of our advisers who can offer guidance about our subsidised planting schemes.