Making Trees Work for Livestock
Trees are a matter for some serious debate on Dartmoor. Trees tie into almost, if not all, of the six public goods Defra wishes ELMs to deliver and reforestation was the most common answer to the question, "Is there anything in your opinion that would make Dartmoor National Park better?" in the Dartmoor Management Plan public opinion survey.
However, we are very far from consensus about the role of trees on Dartmoor but the one thing missing from the debate seemed to be the role trees can play as an asset to a farm business. In the interests of getting more of a farm perspective on trees Dr Lindsay Whistance from the Organic Research Centre delivered the following presentation to the Dartmoor ELMs farmer Advisory Team on the 18th June.