Annual Meeting 2005


Ecosystem services of farm trees


Wednesday 29th June - Friday 1st July 2005.


A meeting for practitioners, advisers and researchers.

The meeting provided an opportunity for presentations, field visits and discussion on the theme of "Ecosystem services of farm trees". In addition to being productive, farm trees can provide environmental services, most manifest at a landscape scale. There were invited presentations on how trees can contribute to key ecosystem service functions, such as flood risk management, provision of clean water, carbon storage and the maintenance of biodiversity and discussion on how to develop and value these functions.

Papers presented 2005 - PDF versions of abstracts and one presentation (PowerPoint) are available to view:

  • Trees in European crop fields: determining the trade-offs in profitability and ecosystem regulation - P.J. Burgess, A.R. Graves, J.H.N. Palma, F. Herzog, Y. Reisner, G. Moreno, M. Bertomeu, C Dupraz, F, Liagre, H. van Keulen & T. Thomas, Cranfield University, Agroscope FAL Reckenholz, Universidad de Extremadura, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Assemblée Permanente des Chambres d'Agriculture, Wageningen University & BEAM (Wales) Ltd.
  • Trees ameliorate impacts of sheep grazing on soil compaction and water infiltration - A. Espejo, Z. Carroll & F.L. Sinclair, University of Wales & Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • The multi-use of woodchip - from animal bedding to mushroom production - D. Frost, B. McLean & J. Wildig, ADAS.
  • The emerging wood fuel market in Wales: opportunities for woodland owners - B. Horne & J. MacDermot, Mid Wales Energy Agency.
  • Woodpasture in Wales - A. Law, Countryside Council for Wales.
  • Potential impact of CAP and rural development regulation changes on agroforestry in the European Union - G. Lawson, Natural Environment Research Council.
  • The potential role of farm trees in regulating water flow and quality - B. Reynolds & Z. Carroll, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • Carbon storage and release in a changing pastoral landscape - E. Rowe, C. Evans & B. Emmett, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • Developing and valuing ecosystem services from trees - lessons for the UK from experience at the World Agroforestry Centre and CATIE - M. van Noordwijk, C. Harvey, M. Ibrahim & F.L. Sinclair, World Agroforestry Centre, Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education & University of Wales.
  • Woodland habitat networks in Wales - K. Watts, Forest Research.

Organised by:

School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor in conjunction with a range of relevant bodies in Wales.

Local Organiser (and contact for more information):

Dr Fergus Sinclair,
School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences,
University of Wales,
Gwynedd LL57 2UW, UK

e-mail: f.l.sinclair@bangor.acuk
Telephone: 01248 382459.

Field visits

Field visits were made to Gregynog estate, the Pontbren farmers group and Coed Cymru, Tregynon.
To see photographs of the field visits, click on the picture.
Photo of ancient wood pasture and link to more photos

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