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In this surgery LEAF will be considering how economic, practical and cultural factors could influence wide-scale agroforestry across the UK farming landscape.

Benefits that can come with agroforestry are well-known, including the ability of trees to boost soil health, improve water flows and quality, increase wildlife, support livestock welfare, enhance farming productivity and mitigate climate change.  A range of drivers, from policy, farmers, research, NGOs and communities, are working together to generate more momentum towards further use of agroforestry as a tool for farmers and landowners to farm more productively and for the planet.  

LEAF will explore how agroforestry could be delivered at scale and how practical, economic and cultural factors across the UK farming landscape can influence this.  

They will be joined by guest speaker, James Ramskir-Gardiner, National Agroforestry Advisor at Forestry Commission.  

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Regenerative farming looks to optimise the use of the ecological system and environment, in order to benefit from the natural ecosystem services that they provide.

Agroecology is a holistic and integrated approach that simultaneously applies ecological and social concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Definition from FAO.

Agroforestry is the practice of combining agricultural crops or livestock with trees and shrubs. It is a great example of agroecology in action.  Agroforestry provides healthier soil, higher yields and vital homes for wildlife. 

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading charity organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. They work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.

Silvopasture is a practice that integrates trees with pasture for raising livestock.