The Agroforestry scheme which was launched in 2015, involves incorporating trees with either crops or livestock on the same land. The blending of the two aims to achieve additional benefits compared to having the two separate. This is a method used across Europe and around the world, from a simple shelterbelt of trees around fields to an intimate mix of food crops and trees.
Agroforestry can be considered as a very useful tool in a farmer’s belt going forward as it promotes biodiversity and carbon capture, while producing an extra source of income in the form of timber and non-timber products. Along with this is that landowners are allowed to graze animals in and around the plantation and harvest fodder while having no impact on the basic payment scheme.