Trees in Farmland Survey

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by RobertReed, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. RobertReed

    RobertReed New Member

    Hi! Can you help?

    The future of farmland trees is likely to improve after Brexit. As farmers may be more inclined to plant trees, we need to pass on the lessons learnt.


    Thank you!

  2. Good luck
    I'm outside of the UK
    Tree planting is pretty big over here, and has been for a long time, as farmers can see the benefits to their farms & landscapes
    I don't feel the same " love " on TFF pages though . . .
  3. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Owaka, New Zealand
    Ditto down here, trees are widely incorporated in the southern NZ farming landscape, for obvious reasons.

    Best of luck with your survey (y)
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  4. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Welshpool Powys
    Trees are a very important part of the landscape providing shelter & shade for livestock
    Shade more important than anything else this season.
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  6. I just tried your link and it took me to a blank page with the caption "Submission completed" :scratchhead:
  7. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Glamorgan Wales
    More big grants to plant trees more trees planted maybe?
  8. mikep

    mikep Member

    Used to be said on big estates, that you should plant twenty acres of walnut trees for your grandchildren to pay death duties.
    All finished in WW1 when all the trees were used for rifle stocks.
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  9. New Puritan

    New Puritan Member

    East Sussex
    This guy has done a bit of it:

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  10. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    The link didn't work for me either.

    I always plant trees and advise others to do the same. If a tree is in the wrong place, it doesn't take long with a chain saw to resolve the problem. Easy enough to shove a few saplings in an odd corner and it only takes a few minutes. Or just shove a few willow cuttings into a damp spot. Great cover, they look nice, and make a good fire when they are fit to fell.
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  11. BobTheSmallholder

    This video was a gamechanger for me, I just don't understand why big arable farms would take this approach. You still get your big wheat/barley/oat crop but you also get fruit/insects etc etc. If I ever get to buy land flat enough I'd be keen to have a few acres of the above planted between my trees, combine them then use them as animal feed.

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  12. mikep

    mikep Member

    Whilst not a big arable farm I can see numerous reasons why they may shy away from agro forestry.

    Despite denials by advocates of the system tree roots will find any drains nearby and invade them thus causing expensive problems in the future to any in field system

    Trees will cause some light shading so reduce yields but more seriously will compete for water and can cause crop failure within the root zone as I get in dry years from hedges.

    It looks lovely on paper but the profit is dependent on making money from the trees. Fruit may seem obvious but that is a hyper professional industry now and not really suited to half arsed small lots of ungraded and unpacked fruit.

    Like all things in life, if it looks too good to be true then you may have missed something.
  13. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    As a neighbour commented, "You'll get shelter from one tree".

    I don't suppose anyone has calculated the comparable costs/benefits of the shelter to livestock behind a belt of trees compared to putting up a building. That's probably why more don't plant trees.
  14. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    Why hasn't the OP got the link working yet? Doesn't say much for the future of farmland forestry if he can't even sort that out.

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