Agroforestry Open Weekend 2024

Date : 17th May 2024 - 20th May 2024
Venue : Various

Celebrating the growing global community of agroforestry farms and farming.

“Thirty years’ ago planting trees in lines into a wheat field (as per Wakelyns) was regarded as eccentric and even foolish (certainly by the farming establishment). But it’s now about to become mainstream to plant agroforestry.

In its 2023 Carbon Budget Delivery Plan (the climate change policy document which tells us how the UK will reach Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050), the UK Government has committed to 10% of UK arable land being agroforestry by 2050 – see here.

That will be a big change in the landscape and to farming: lots of carbon dioxide sequestered and lots of new habitats. It would be even better with a higher target.

Anyway, to help make that happen, Defra (in England) is promising payments – under its new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) subsidies scheme – of up to £849 per hectare for farmers who maintain agroforestry – see here. That’s much better than the old BPS way of paying us farmers a flat rate of about £250 per hectare pretty much regardless of what we chose to grow (or not).” (David Wolfe, Wakelyns)

Now in its 4th year, with sites open across the UK and Ireland, and the rest of the world, the Agroforestry Open Weekend had 37 open agroforestry farms last year and is hoping to exceed that in 2024. More information about the event generally is here. Visit an agroforestry site near you!

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