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This walk will take place on 20 July at 12.30 pm at Lworthy Manor, Pyworthy, Devon, courtesy of Mr Henry Andrews.

As interest for silvopasture schemes across the UK grows, a group of farmers in Devon have got together to co-design research to determine the benefits of integrating more trees on their farms. This farmer-led agroforestry project is investigating whether the practice is a viable way to address the climate and nature crises while maintaining productive farmland.

Many partners are currently involved in this ambitious field lab -which will last 12 years- . In addition to Innovative Farmers, the group is being facilitated by Luke Dale-Harris from SWAG, and has engaged seven farms in Devon as well as scientists from Rothamsted Research and the Organic Research Centre; they also are being supported by the Woodland Trust.

This farm walk is a chance to hear from farmer Henry Andrews, who will share his experience after a year of involvement in this project. Henry is interested in the potential for silvopasture to prepare his land for climatic changes and increase resilience on the120-acre beef cattle farm; all while improving their animals' health.

Come join us to learn the pros and cons Henry has faced so far when trialling a model of regular spaced agroforestry strips which, while providing dappled shade and scattered shelter for the animals, would still allow machinery to access the field in case he needs to cut silage. It is also an opportunity to find out more about the benefits of hedgerows (the farm has 7 kms of them; some are over 500 years old!) for cattle and biodiversity, as well as for soil health.

Sandwiches, cakes and tea/coffee will be provided - please contact us if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

Please note

- The farm walk may involve uneven ground, please wear appropriate outdoor gear/footwear and let us know if you have any specific access requirements in advance.

- Please do not attend if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating. If you start to display symptoms of Coronavirus, or begin a period of self-isolation after you have booked your ticket – please email us at info@innovativefarmers.org to cancel your ticket.

Any queries? Please contact aallamand@soilassociation.org

 

2022 marks the 10th year of Innovative Farmers. Part of the Duchy Future Farming programme, the network has been pioneering the model of farmer-led research in the UK. To celebrate this milestone and share the achievements of the 120 field labs launched to date, we are hosting a roadshow of events like this one across the country. Find out more about upcoming events here: https://www.innovativefarmers.org/events/

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