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This research involves working directly with farmers to better understand the barriers to and opportunities for increasing tree cover on agricultural land. Specifically, it aims to explore how and where trees fit with farmers’ social and cultural values. The primary focus is on trees outside of woodland, including agroforestry, hedges, and in-field trees.
This research began in October 2021 and is scheduled to continue until March 2025.
Preliminary findings from research in 2021-22 undertaken through evidence review, expert interviews, and discussions with farmers included:
Key factors influencing farmers’ relationship with trees include:
Seven areas of social and cultural value are likely to impact efforts to expand tree cover on agricultural land:
Work in 2022-23 includes:
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