Planet Pod's Podcast
The Fool on the Hill?
The ancient art of silvopasture could be set to, quite literally, change the landscape of British farming.
Currently the subject of a 12 year trial run by farmers, Rothamsted Research, The Woodland Trust, The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Innovative Farmers, silvopasture (a traditional method of farming livestock with trees) is thought to sequester additional carbon, reduce flooding, increase drought-resilience, improve animal health and wellbeing and boost biodiversity. But will it work in the UK? Scientists and farmers in Devon have combined forces to find out. We talked to two key people involved in the trial; Andy Gray, commercial farmer at Elston Farm in Devon and Dr Robert Dunn, a scientist at Rothamsted Research, who specialises on reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.
This episode is supported by global law firm Eversheds Sutherland.