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The benefits of integrating trees into farming systems<br />John Tucker<br />Director, Woodland Creation<br />Woodland Tru...
“Never the twain shall meet”?<br />
Benefits of integration<br />Flooding/soil erosion/pollution<br />Shelter/shade<br />Marketing and biosecurity<br />Timber...
Climate change – more significant weather events?<br />Hull 2007<br />Hull 2007<br />
River Derwent 2009<br />
Why trees?<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Pollution<br /><ul><li>...
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</li></li></ul><li>Shelter<br />
Pontbren, Powys<br />Restored tree belts and hedges to enable them to keep hardier breeds of sheep that could lamb outdoor...
Pollination<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Marketing/animal welfare<br /><ul><li...
2004 Sainsbury’s Woodland Eggs
2009 Sainsbury’s Woodland Chickens
2010 Sainsbury’s Woodland Turkeys.</li></li></ul><li>Pollution control<br />Trees and woodland can help mitigate pollution...
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Timber products<br />
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  1. 1. The benefits of integrating trees into farming systems<br />John Tucker<br />Director, Woodland Creation<br />Woodland Trust.<br />
  2. 2. “Never the twain shall meet”?<br />
  3. 3. Benefits of integration<br />Flooding/soil erosion/pollution<br />Shelter/shade<br />Marketing and biosecurity<br />Timber<br />Food and novel crops<br />Agroforestry.<br />
  4. 4. Climate change – more significant weather events?<br />Hull 2007<br />Hull 2007<br />
  5. 5. River Derwent 2009<br />
  6. 6. Why trees?<br /><ul><li>Trees use more water than shorter vegetation
  7. 7. Act as a green leaky dam reducing peak flows by 10% - 20%
  8. 8. Targeted catchment planting can have significant impacts in modifying flooding.</li></li></ul><li>Pollution<br /><ul><li>Farming contributes 60% of nitrate pollution, 25% phosphorous, 70% sediment entering water.
  9. 9. Woodland strips can increase infiltration by 60%
  10. 10. Pontbren Powys: 10 farmers co-operate planted 120,000 trees across 1,000ha
  11. 11. Unexpected consequence was increased infiltration after 2001 storms</li></li></ul><li>Shelter<br />
  12. 12. Pontbren, Powys<br />Restored tree belts and hedges to enable them to keep hardier breeds of sheep that could lamb outdoors<br />
  13. 13. Pollination<br /><ul><li>Sheltered woodland belts will attract more insects
  14. 14. Good variety of trees with flowering shrubs will help
  15. 15. 39 crops grown for fruit and seed in the UK are insect pollinated.</li></li></ul><li>Marketing/animal welfare<br /><ul><li>2001 John Widdowson found his hens produced better quality eggs when in a woodland environment
  16. 16. 2004 Sainsbury’s Woodland Eggs
  17. 17. 2009 Sainsbury’s Woodland Chickens
  18. 18. 2010 Sainsbury’s Woodland Turkeys.</li></li></ul><li>Pollution control<br />Trees and woodland can help mitigate pollution from chicken farms<br />Cut down emissions by slowing wind speeds<br />Pollution capture by trees<br />Increased mixing with air due to increased turbulence<br />
  19. 19. Timber<br />
  20. 20. Timber products<br />
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  22. 22. Novel crops<br />
  23. 23. Novel crops - truffles<br />Summer truffle plantation established in Yorkshire<br />90% truffles in France are from commercial orchards<br />Wholesale prices can exceed £1,000/kg<br />Plantations can produce 20kg/ha/annum<br />
  24. 24. Agroforestry systems<br />
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  26. 26. Summary.<br />“ 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.”<br />Jim McLaren, President, NFU Scotland.<br />

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