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ACT NOW: A Harvest for Future Generations – Agroforestry in Wales

Agroforestry can lead to more diverse, productive and sustainable harvests, simultaneously making a lasting, positive impact on wildlife, the local economy and landscape as a whole.

Coed Cadw – the Woodland Trust in Wales – already actively promotes the planting of trees on farms and has been doing so for many years. Although interest in agroforestry is growing, the terminology is still largely misunderstood.

Agroforestry is the deliberate integration of trees and shrubs within agricultural crops and livestock. These systems simultaneously protect natural resources such as clean water whilst supporting agricultural production. It is a win-win for sustainable farming and the environment and exactly fits with the government's future farming ambitions.

"After years working in ecological monitoring, pollution prevention and conservation, I could see an immense opportunity locally to increase tree cover to deliver environmental benefits. Having worked with farmers across North Wales, I know that the success of rural communities goes hand in hand with land use." - Bid Webb, PhD student, Bangor University

More trees on agricultural land will:

  • Increase wildlife and biodiversity
  • Prevent soil loss and increase soil fertility
  • Enhance farm productivity and contribute to local employment
  • Improve animal welfare
  • Retain water on land for crops, livestock and people
  • Reduce flooding, water and air pollution
  • Store carbon and help landscapes and people to adapt to climate change.

Our vision is to:

Reverse the current invisibility of trees in agricultural policy and funding
Celebrate existing agroforestry systems in Wales and new approaches which are trialled
See more trees integrated into Welsh agricultural land management and food production
Ensure landowners, their advisory networks, decision-makers and the general public understand in broad terms what is meant by agroforestry
Encourage the public and landowners to indicate their support to Assembly Members and the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs.

Whether Brexit happens or not, we wish to ensure funding supports the retention and expansion of trees on farms, in part through support for agroforestry.

Now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the way we manage our Welsh landscape to the benefit of all in Wales, and future generations.

The campaign will run until the end of 2019.

Take action now!