- Research is helping to determine the potential of agroforestry to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The practice involves integrating trees on farm land, and offers benefits by accumulating carbon in both the trees and the soil.
- Compared to land with no trees, agroforestry stored the equivalent of an additional 3.6 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year. Crucially, agroforestry is able to deliver these benefits whilst maintaining agricultural production.
- Research shows that small alterations in land use could have the potential to contribute significantly to the reduction of atmospheric carbon levels, as well as offering benefits for biodiversity, soil erosion, and nutrient leaching.
Practices are already being adopted elsewhere in Europe, and support from government (e.g. via environmental stewardship) may improve adoption in the UK.