Why bocage agroforestry today?
In Brittany, the main period for creating the bocage landscape stretched from late 18th Century to early 20th Century. The hedgerows drew on the discontinuities of limits of ownership or use, while delivering fuel and timber wood for local and regional use. During the last 50 years, agricultural and broader rural changes have led to the deconstruction of the bocage and to the loss of ecological functions it provides.
To date, initiatives of bocage restoration have primarily emphasised the value of hedgerows as providers of environmental services rather than productive resources, and creates a problem in terms of sustainability.
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