Alcoholic Agroforestry in Fife
Staff from Adagio, Ibis and Novotel hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh braved the last blast of wintry weather last week for a day planting with us at Parkhill Farm in Fife.
Outreach Advisor Iain Moss and Corporate Fundraiser Ollie Cannon hosted the volunteering day alongside Farmer Roger Howison.
The brands are all part of the AccorHotel group. Since 2014 AccorHotels has funded 84,000 trees on 58 agroforestry projects in the UK. The funding comes through their Plant for the Planet campaign in which guests are invited to reuse their towels when staying for more than one night. Savings made by the group are then used to finance planting in 21 countries around the world.
Parkhill farm is at the forefront of agroforestry and farm diversification. The hillside planted by the hotel staff will have a downhill cycle track where a large competition is hosted each year. Further down the hill Woodland Trust has worked with the farmer to establish an alley-cropping scheme with cereal crops growing between rows of apple trees. Roger has plans to make his own beer and cider while relatives run a nearby distillery.
So we have the prospect of three kinds of booze coming out of one field!