To build on existing agroforestry initiatives and develop practical tools for farmers to enhance the expansion of trees on agricultural land.
Although agroforestry (integrating trees or shrubs on pasture or crop farmland) has great potential to provide ecosystem services and address multiple climate change challenges, it is not widely practised in the UK. Strategic planning and success require more knowledge on achieving optimal environmental benefits, balanced with the knowledge of socio-economic, cultural and policy incentives, barriers, and challenges to increasing agroforestry.
Bringing together a strong multidisciplinary team of social and environmental scientists with partners who are practitioners and stakeholders in woodland and agricultural organisations, the FARM TREE project addresses these needs by exploring which planting scenarios might work best under different combinations of environmental and socio-economic conditions.
Researchers leading this study will build on existing agroforestry initiatives and develop practical tools for farmers to enhance the expansion of trees on agricultural land, including:
Dr Josie Geris, University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen, The James Hutton Institute, Soil Association Scotland, The Woodland Trust, National Farmers' Union of Scotland, Scottish Government and Scottish Forestry