Pontbren Powys: 10 farmers co-operate planted 120,000 trees across 1,000ha
Unexpected consequence was increased infiltration after 2001 storms
Pontbren, Powys Restored tree belts and hedges to enable them to keep hardier breeds of sheep that could lamb outdoors
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.
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
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
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.