Page 1: Participation Information Sheet

You are being invited to participate in a research study on assessing agroforestry uptake in England.

Before you decide whether you want to take part it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take the time to read through the following information. Contact me (mmb20jzf@bangor.ac.uk) if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

 

What is this research about?  

The purpose of this research is to collect data on agroforestry uptake on livestock, arable and horticulture farms throughout England to better understand where agroforestry might be appropriate, and where it might not be. This data will be used as part of the Organic Research Centre’s Agroforestry ELM test funded by Defra to better understand how agricultural policy can best support farmers and allocate resources for agroforestry.  

If you are farming in England (tenant or landowner), we want to hear from you, whether or not you have done agroforestry.

This research project will take place from March 2022 to September 2022 and will be submitted as part of my Master’s dissertation.  

 

Do I have to participate?  

No, taking part in this interview is voluntary. You can refuse to take part and you can stop filling out the questionnaire at any time without giving a reason.

 

What will participation involve?  

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your farm and your experience with agroforestry, which will take less than 10 minutes of your time.  

You can withdraw at any stage of the project. However, please note this study is only collecting anonymous information. Therefore, you will not be able to withdraw your data once you have submitted the survey, as your individual response will not be separately identifiable. If you start the survey and then choose not the submit the survey, no data will be collected and you will not be treated as a research participant.  

 

How will data be stored and used?  

No personal information is being asked of you in the questionnaire, so your participant will be completely anonymous. All data will be kept in a password secure computer which only I will have access to. The information obtained will be published in my Masters dissertation and may contribute to additional reports. Upon completion of the project, the data will be stored by the Organic Research Centre to be used by other researchers.  

This research has been reviewed by the Bangor University Ethics Committee. 

 

Contact for further information:  

Researcher: Emma Eberhardt mmb20jzf@bangor.ac.uk  

Supervisor: Dr Tim Pagella t.pagella@bangor.ac.uk  

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet