OPIN-2020-0164 Agroforestry (e) Tabled on 10/06/2020

This Senedd:

1. Recognises the urgent need to increase trees on farms to help mitigate the dual climate and ecological emergency.

2. Notes that more agroforestry can:

a. Reduce flooding;
b. Reduce soil loss;
c. Protect and increase carbon stores;
d. Restore freshwater habitat;
e. Increase habitat;
f. Assist agricultural sustainability and food security.

3. Notes that with the right support to retain and extend “Hedges and Edges”, farmers could deliver half of Wales’s tree cover targets, utilising less than four per cent of their land.

4. Believes that a new agriculture policy should be significantly more supportive of agroforestry, and not penalise farmers for having trees on their land.