FIELDS TO FORESTS PROJECT
FUNDING AND SUPPORT FOR FARMERS TO PLANT TREES AND IMPROVE BIODIVERSITY
PLANT FOR BIODIVERSITY
PLANT FOR CHANGING WEATHER
PLANT FOR FOOD
PLANT FOR SHELTER
PLANT TO MANAGE WATER
PLANT FOR COMMUNITY
This project has come about as a solution to a problem many farmers face. Farmers want to plant trees but are unable to due to bureaucracy between various trusts and existing stewardship scheme agreements. The time to plant trees is now, and there are parcels of land all over the countryside that are perfect to put over to woodland.
Whether it be a portion of steep land, a corner of a field, a few kilometres of hedges, or a large portion of a field, there is space all over the country to plant trees. And this space must be used.
Farmers are chronically underfunded, under resourced and time poor. So putting land over to forestry is a big commitment to the farmer. From the preparation of the land to the planting and protection of the young trees and then the ongoing management of woodland, along with loosing land that could be used to grow and earn incomes.
Supporting farmers with both finances and resources is an invaluable way to connect with your local surrounds and enable the reforestation, sequestration of carbon and regeneration of your country.
To achieve the aims above, we believe in planting a mix of trees. Large trees to sequester as much carbon as possible, mostly native to the UK to ensure they flourish, some flowering and some nut and fruit bearing to provide food for wildlife. We won't plant conifers or trees that currently have issues with disease in the UK.
In 40 years time, when the trees have reached maturity, the farmer is free to either leave the woodland as it is, return the land to growing food once again or to use the timber as part of a sustainable agroforestry business.