Meet the Farmers

Trees On Farms Mini Series (2) – Ep2. ‘Trees on Farms Question Time’

Ben has teamed up with the Forestry Commission once again to make this mini-series focussed on trees on farms. In this series we are asking three questions focussed on the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of farm woodland management. In the first episode we were asking why we need to improve our management of farm woodlands in the UK in the first place? In this second episode we have a question time format asking ‘what farmers need to know about managing trees?’, and in the third and final episode we’ll be asking how farmers can manage their farm woodlands better, using the practical example of a woodland management plan. 

Ben is joined by his Forestry Commission co-host Jon Burgess who is a Woodland Resilience Officer based in the south west. 

In this episode Ben and Jon are joined by Simon James who is Woodland Management and Policy Senior Manager at the Small Woods Association and James Ramskir-Gardiner who is the national agroforestry advisor at the Forestry Commission. 

Forestry Commission:

Small Woods Association: and  Sustainable Woodland Management Course – Course Calendar (

Link to LEAF reference that James Ramskir-Gardiner mentions –

Simon James refers to the Sustainable Woodland Management Course – Course Calendar ( and the Tree Council’s Guidance Canopy decline Tree-Council-Ash-dieback-tree-owners-guide-FINAL.pdf (

Ash dieback resources:

Tree Council’s guidance on canopy decline Tree-Council-Ash-dieback-tree-owners-guide-FINAL.pdf (


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