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  • The benefits of integrating trees into farming systems
    John Tucker
    Director, Woodland Creation
    Woodland Trust.
  • “Never the twain shall meet”?
  • Benefits of integration
    Flooding/soil erosion/pollution
    Shelter/shade
    Marketing and biosecurity
    Timber
    Food and novel crops
    Agroforestry.
  • Climate change – more significant weather events?
    Hull 2007
    Hull 2007
  • River Derwent 2009
  • Why trees?
    • Trees use more water than shorter vegetation
    • Act as a green leaky dam reducing peak flows by 10% - 20%
    • Targeted catchment planting can have significant impacts in modifying flooding.
  • Pollution
    • Farming contributes 60% of nitrate pollution, 25% phosphorous, 70% sediment entering water.
    • Woodland strips can increase infiltration by 60%
    • Pontbren Powys: 10 farmers co-operate planted 120,000 trees across 1,000ha
    • Unexpected consequence was increased infiltration after 2001 storms
  • Shelter
  • Pontbren, Powys
    Restored tree belts and hedges to enable them to keep hardier breeds of sheep that could lamb outdoors
  • Pollination
    • Sheltered woodland belts will attract more insects
    • Good variety of trees with flowering shrubs will help
    • 39 crops grown for fruit and seed in the UK are insect pollinated.
  • Marketing/animal welfare
    • 2001 John Widdowson found his hens produced better quality eggs when in a woodland environment
    • 2004 Sainsbury’s Woodland Eggs
    • 2009 Sainsbury’s Woodland Chickens
    • 2010 Sainsbury’s Woodland Turkeys.
  • Pollution control
    Trees and woodland can help mitigate pollution from chicken farms
    Cut down emissions by slowing wind speeds
    Pollution capture by trees
    Increased mixing with air due to increased turbulence
  • Timber
  • Timber products
  • Novel crops
  • Novel crops - truffles
    Summer truffle plantation established in Yorkshire
    90% truffles in France are from commercial orchards
    Wholesale prices can exceed £1,000/kg
    Plantations can produce 20kg/ha/annum
  • Agroforestry systems
  • Summary.
    “ I am confident that farm woodland creation is about to enjoy a bit of a renaissance with improved incentives and an increased awareness amongst farmers of the opportunities that exist.”
    Jim McLaren, President, NFU Scotland.