Why farmers are researching silvopasture design - a film series

The Devon Silvopasture Network are undertaking a 12 year trial in which six farms and a research farm are being supported to design and implement the integration of trees into their livestock farms.

The trial has a mixture of cluster planting, regular spacing and shelterbelts being planted. Little research has focused on the impact of silvopasture in the UK, and farmers are looking for clear evidence of a potential return on investment in order to justify the significant financial commitment to turn pasture over to silvopasture.

Find out more about the farmer-led research. 

Hear from those involved with the trial on why they're choosing to research silvopasture design: 

Rob's Story - Rothamsted Research

Hen's Story - West Elmett Farm

Sam's Story - Rowden Farm

Seb's Story - Lower Withecombe Farm

Andy's Story - Elston Farm

Caroyln's Story - Ashridge Court

This research is being conducted with the help of The Woodland Trust, Organic Research Centre, Rothamsted Research, FWAG SW, Soil Association and Innovative Farmers.

The six films in this series were shot and edited by Tom Law. Thank you to Rothamsted Research for funding this series of short films.

You can explore the three silvopasture designs here

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