The Woodland Trust

Publication date:

November 2022

Publication type:

Policy paper



Farming for the future: How agroforestry can deliver for nature & climate report 2022, document cover

This paper assesses the benefits of agroforestry on a large scale on farmland in England.

It considers how agroforestry systems are already being deployed, and sets out recommendations on how to increase the number of trees in our agricultural environment and make changes in land use a reality.

Key points and recommendations of the report

  • To meet national and international commitments on climate and nature, we need more trees in our farmed landscapes.
  • Increasing the number of trees we incorporate into farming systems (known as agroforestry) can help achieve nature and climate aims while continuing to support agricultural production and other services.
  • Agroforestry can help reverse declines in biodiversity, reduce emissions and increase carbon storage.
  • Currently, farming releases large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The take-up of agroforestry in England remains extremely low.
  • Early adoption of agroforestry is now needed if Government targets for expanding tree cover, nature recovery and carbon net zero are to be met.
  • Government should work with partners to develop and deliver a programme of support including public policy reform, advice and training, funding and financing, and research.
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