Annual Meeting 2022

Theme

"Are we finally rolling the agroforestry log over the crest of the hill........"

Dates

16th - 17th June

Location

Hen Goleg Conference Suite, Bangor University LL57 2DG

Organiser

Dr Tim Pagella

Schedule

Thursday 16th June Venue: Hen Goleg Conference Suite, Bangor University, LL57 2DG

11.00: Arrival. Registration with tea and coffee

11.30: Welcome and introductions

The sessions will all take the format of two short presentations followed by a panel discussion

11.45 - 13.00 Session 1: Sensors and technology in agroforestry research
Modern technology is helping us to deliver the Governments' tree and woodland expansion agenda. Sensors and digital solutions will help inform the introduction of agroforestry into the farmed environment and will be an essential part of the broader delivery of public goods from agroforestry. This session will include a discussion of sensors, Lidar and remote sensing technologies for monitoring and understanding agroforestry systems and also digital Farmer Decision Support Tools.

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and posters

14.00 - 15.15 Session 2: Policy and other mechanisms to increase uptake of agroforestry
In light of the UK and regional Governments' ambitious tree and woodland expansion targets this session will explore the latest policy developments in agroforestry and the role that agroforestry can play in increasing tree and woodland cover on farmland. Plus other mechanisms to increase uptake.

15.15 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 17.00 Session 3: Agroforestry in practice 
Reflections on the future of agroforestry from a farmer's perspective - how to make it work for farmers; we will hear from farmers at different points on their agroforestry journey. What are the opportunities and issues in getting agroforestry onto the agenda for farmers, foresters and land managers?

19.00 Dinner and 2022 Farm Woodland Forum AGM

Friday 17th June 

Field Trips to Farming Connect demonstration farms

9.00 Coaches leave Bangor (option to take own car)

10.00 - 12.00 Hendre Llwyn y Maen Farm LL22 8TE

Hendre Llwyn y Maen is a farm in the Elwy valley which recently moved over to a New Zealand style dairy system. The farm has a long history of tree planting and benefits from an extensive shelter belt system

Back through Bangor

13.30 - 16.00 Henbant Farm LL54 5DF (option to leave from here or return to Bangor)

Henbant (https://www.henbant.org/) is a small, ecological based farm in North West Wales. Current pasture is managed holistically but within larger field parcels than the daily livestock requirements. The grazed pasture is divided into 30 separate units by tree-lanes, some of woody highly palatable species for cattle to browse and some with top and soft fruit. The farm is also in the process of setting up a no-dig, ecologically intensive market garden; here the garden will be divided up with a significant amount of fruit trees and perennial plants. This will combine forest gardening techniques and theories with the requirements of highly productive annual vegetable production.

16.30 Coach returns to Bangor 

 

Registration

https://fwf2022.eventbrite.co.uk/

Accommodation

Management Centre

The University's Management Centre is graded as Visit Wales 4 star Guest Accommodation, and offers 57 en-suite guest bedrooms that have achieved the Visit Wales Business Class Gold Standard.  It offers accommodation throughout the year.  Click here for more details.

Local Accommodation

For more information for places to stay in Bangor and further afield (e.g. Caernarfon and Anglesey), check out the Visit Wales accommodation website.  The table below sets out which accommodation options are close to the conference centre.  

* The Farm Woodland Forum cannot recommend specific establishments. 

Hotel Distance from conference centre (km) Contact details
The Menai 0.1 01248 354200/themenai-bangor@hotmail.co.uk
Eryl Mor Hotel 0.5 http://www.erylmorhotel.co.uk
Ygarth Guest House 0.5 http://www.thegarthguesthouse.co.uk
Plas Trevor Guest House 0.6 01248 371377
Tap & Spile 0.6 01248 370835
The Regency Hotel  0.6 http://www.regencyhotel.bangor.co.uk
Dilfan Guest House 0.6 01248 353030/dilfan@freenet.co.uk
Bay Tree Lodge Guest House 0.7 01248 362230
Boatyard Inn 0.7 01248 362462/enquiries@boatyardinn.co.uk
Garden Hotel 0.7 http://www.gardenhotel.co.uk
Pier View 0.7 01248 355920/pierviewbangor@googlemail.com
The Guest House 0.7 01248 352113
Germor Bed & Breakfast 1 http://www.germor.co.uk
Victoria Hotel  2.2 http://www.4hotels.co.uk/uk/victoria1.html
The Auckland 2.3 http://www.anglesey-hotel.co.uk
Treborth Hall Cottages 2.3 http://www.treborthleisure.co.uk
Abbeyfield Hotel 3 http://www.abbeyfieldhotel.co.uk
Premier Inn 3 http://www.premierinn.com
Travelodge Bangor 3.4 http://www.travelodge.co.uk
Swn y Nant Hotel 3.7 http://www.smoothound.co.uk/hotels/swnynant.html
Carreg Mon Country Hotel 3.9 http://www.carregmonhotel.co.uk
The Gazelle Hotel 4 http://www.thegazellehotel.com
Hotel Plas Dinorwic 4.8 http://www.hotelplasdinorwic.com
Tregarth Homestay B & B 5.4 http://www.tregarth-homestay.com
Bishopsgate House Hotel 6.2 http://www.bishopsgatehotel.co.uk
Bulkeley Hotel 6.3 http://www.bulkeleyhotel.co.uk
Snowdon Lodge 8.2 http://www.snowdonmountainlodge.com
Nant Yr Odyn Country Hotel 10 http://www.nantyrodyn.co.uk

 

Bursaries available

If you would love to join us for our annual get together but are faced with a financial barrier then we can help. The Farm Woodland Forum is offering a number of bursaries to attend the Annual Farm Woodland Forum meeting in Bangor on the 16th and 17th June 2022. We target our support at farmers, students and those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

Student Bursary - The Farm Woodland Forum are offering two “Lynton Incoll Scholarship” bursaries of up to £200 (or equivalent in Euros) each towards receipted travel, accommodation and conference costs for students registered in the UK or Ireland to attend the Farm Woodland Forum Annual Meeting to be held at Bangor on 16th and 17th of June 2022. The title of the meeting this year is “Are we finally rolling the agroforestry log over the crest of the hill”. There will be sessions on sensors and technology in agroforestry, policy and other mechanisms to increase uptake of agroforestry, and agroforestry in practice; as well as a day of field visits to demonstration farms. The successful student would be expected to present a poster and to write a short report on their reflections on the meeting for the Farm Woodland Forum website.  Applicants should send a poster abstract, a brief biography and a supporting letter from a course Director or Supervisor to Jo Smith (josmith@mvarc.eu) by 31 May 2022.

Farmer bursary - The Farm Woodland Forum are offering two bursaries of up to £200 (or equivalent in Euros) each towards receipted travel, accommodation and conference costs for farmers based in the UK or Ireland to attend the Annual Meeting If you are a farmer and you are interested in attending the conference, please can you send an e-mail to Ben Raskin (BRaskin@soilassociation.org) by 31 May 2022 outlining your interest in agroforestry and your willingness to either write a short article with reflections on the meeting, for the Farm Woodland Forum webpage or contribute to the final session on the 16th June entitled ‘Agroforestry in Practice’.

We also have a two bursaries available for those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Please email BRaskin@soilassociation.org by the 31st May to apply. In the event of oversubscription for places allocation for these bursaries will be decided in a random draw.

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