New perspectives on agroforestry in lowland Britain

Bullock, Craig and MacMillan, Douglas C. and Crabtree, Jason (1994) New perspectives on agroforestry in lowland Britain. Land Use Policy, 11 (3). pp. 222-233. ISSN 0264-8377 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Agroforestry has not been adopted in the UK despite the potential it has to diversify output while reducing the opportunity cost of lost agricultural production. In part this reflects the limited nature of the grant aid available. This article demonstrates that the current pro rata restriction that grant aid is paid in proportion to the number of stems planted means that annual incomes derived from silvoarable or silvopastoral systems compare poorly with those from agricultural enterprises alone. By facilitating a greater variety in the spatial arrangement of trees, agroforestry systems offer a potential diversity of landscape forms and wildlife habitats that are not available from conventional plantation forestry. The article argues that this contribution to environmental diversity should be reflected in the level of grant aid provided for agroforestry. Silvopastoral systems based on sheep are shown to offer the greatest potential, and proposals are made for encouraging the development of such systems.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: The authors would like to acknowledge the substantial assistance with data analysis provided by Neil Chalmers and the helpful comments of Alan R. Sibbald.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 13:15
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 08:45
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23086 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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