What is agroforestry ?
Agroforestry is the growing of both trees and agricultural / horticultural crops on the same piece of land. They are designed to provide tree and other crop products and at the same time protect, conserve, diversify and sustain vital economic, environmental, human and natural resources. Agroforestry differs from traditional forestry and agriculture by its focus on the interactions amoungst components rather than just on the individual components themselves.
Research over the past 20 years has confirmed that agroforestry can be more biologically productive, more profitable, and be more sustainable than forestry or agricultural monocultures.
The AECB is pleased to provide a 10% discount for its members on courses offered by the Agroforestry Research Trust
The Agroforestry Research Trust is a non-profit making charity, registered in England, which researches and educates about agroforestry and perennial crops. They carry out practical research on their trial grounds, run courses, publish guides, and sell plants, seeds and books. They are a carbon-negative organisation storing more carbon on their land sites than they produce from all their activities.
See a great short video about their forest garden and take a virtual tour here