John Tucker – how the Woodland Trust can help you forest your farm

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If you’re like me, and perhaps you have not spent your entire life increasing biodiversity of the land in the UK, you may not be aware of the amount of support we have readily available that we could tap into. Schools and community groups can apply for free tree packs, farmers and other land owners can get thousands of plantings for as little as 40% of their regular cost. All this and more is available with the Woodland Trust, which apart from owning a lot of land to protect, and create woodland, helps others do the same on theirs. Have a listen to what’s on offer, and how well it fits with your permaculture designs.

Notes

The Woodland Trust main website

Set up in 1972 by Ken Watkins.

A range of mechanisms for creating woodland.

Use alder or willow for relatively wet environments.

Tim Downes organic farmer in Shropshire looking to use trees for fodder.

Goat willow flowers very early – even in January.

Team of advisors around the country that are able to visit, and work with land owners.

Variety of schemes to choose from online (click).

Accorhotels partnership

300000 members within the Woodland Trust provides a great deal of income.

Sainsbury’s sell a “Woodland” brand of eggs, and a small portion of the sales go to the Woodland Trust.

Lakeland Eggs – egg farm that utilizes tree cover for forage.

Trees are very good at capturing ammonia from animals (talking about intensive farming) which normally may run off into waterways.

RegenAg has hosted a training event by the Woodland Trust.

OPPORTUNITY: Woodland Trust is open to work with someone who would be open to formalising this training.

Community groups and schools can approach the Woodland Trust for free packs of trees (click)

Forest Start – seed company


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