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Potential of agroforestry can no longer be ignored

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Liam Beechinor has planted a mix of oak and ash trees at 5x5m spacing intervals on his agroforestry plot at Dunmanway, Co Cork.

Liam Beechinor has planted a mix of oak and ash trees at 5x5m spacing intervals on his agroforestry plot at Dunmanway, Co Cork.

Liam Beechinor has planted a mix of oak and ash trees at 5x5m spacing intervals on his agroforestry plot at Dunmanway, Co Cork.

Schemes to encourage afforestation have led to the establishment of 26,000 private forest plantations in Ireland since 1980. The majority of these plantations are owned by farmers, making farmers the new foresters.

The decision to plant agricultural land with trees can be a difficult one for many farmers and most will only ever be tempted to plant marginal land. Agroforestry is changing that practice in many countries and it is beginning to gain overdue attention here.


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