Created in 2013 this projects aims at:
- Preserving biodiversity, soil, water resources and improve animal welfare.
- Supporting income diversification through fruits production and crops diversification.
- Implementing and promoting sustainable food production through agroforestry models.
- Restoring ecosystem and improving landscape scenic beauty through tree planting.
Agroforestry is a way of improving our economic margins and enhance the environmental aspects of the farm. We also involve people of the community to help, so there are as well social benefits.” – David Rose
70% of the land in the United Kingdom is farmed with intensive monocultural farming leading to ecosystem degeneration. Developing agroforestry systems in the country is therefore critical in delivering broader conservation objectives. PUR Projet and the Woodland Trust, one of the most famous charity in the United Kingdom, are operating Smart Planting since 2013.
This project provides funds to farmers willing to implement agroforestry designs on their farms. Participating farmers act as ambassadors for agroforestry in the UK, hosting farm visits for peers and policymakers, sharing good practices and planting outcomes through case studies and media, and speaking at farming conferences and events.
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerWoodland Trust, Soil Association & Organic Research Centre
Participants74 farmers across UK
Achievements119,150 trees planted
supply chainFruits and Vegetables
219 species total, including:
- Apple tree (Malus domestica)
- European pear (Pyrus communis)
- Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata)
- Blackthorn (Rubus spinosa)
- Silver birch (Betula pendula)
- Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
- Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
- Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)