This project focus in the United Kingdom is on promoting and implementing sustainable food production through agroforestry models that help to preserve biodiversity and restore ecosystems. 70% of the land in the United Kingdom is farmed with intensive monocultural farming leading to ecosystem degeneration. Developing agroforestry systems in the country is therefore critical in delivering broader conservation objectives.

The Woodland Trust together with the Organic Research Center and The Soil Association have been operating Smart Planting since 2013.


  • Whitehall Farm, Farcet, Cambs
  • Eaton Hill Farm, Eaton, Leics
  • Hollyfield farm, Tiverton, Devon
  • Brynceirch, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • Burblethwaite, Wigton, Cumbria
  • Elm Farm, Newburry, Berks
  • Homefarm, Bicester, Oxon
  • White House Farm, Halesworth, Suffolk
  • Goitre Farm, Garth, Powys
  • Vital Veg, Midmar, Innerurie

Impacts and benefits:

  • More than 119,150 trees planted in the UK
  • Protect biodiversity
  • Restore ecosystem
  • Improve animal welfare
  • Support income diversification 
  • Promote and implement sustainable food production through agroforestry

Species planted:

  • 219 species total, including: Apple tree (Malus domestica), European pear (Pyrus communis), Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata), Blackthorn (Rubus spinosa), Silver birch (Betula pendula), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)