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Published: 2001-06-01 00:00:00

South Waikato farmers keen to plant more trees on their farms can share their experiences with other farmers week at a workshop next week.

Environment Waikato is running a series of workshops on using trees on farms throughout the Region with funding from MAF’s Sustainable Farming Fund and in partnership with Federated Farmers and Farm Forestry.

The aim is to give farmers information on what to plant where, and share experiences on using trees for soil conservation, shade and shelter and aesthetic purposes. Project co-ordinator Phillipa Crequer says farmers can be the best source of knowledge about what works and useful planting tips.

“Trees add value to farming operations by providing shade and shelter for stock, protection from erosion, soil stabilisation, riparian protection for waterways, habitat for native birds and they improve the appearance of the land.

“There was a time when farms were wall-to-wall clover and rye, but times have changed and farmers are recognising the many benefits of using trees on their land.”

The first in the series of workshops were held in Reporoa and Te Kuiti earlier this month, with another in Morrinsville in June. The Tirau workshop will be at the Tirau Memorial Hall on Thursday, June 7 from 10am to 2pm.

Farmers wanting to register should call Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401.