28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Ms. Sally Westaway

Job title

Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: sally.w (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 567
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

MRes Ecology and Environmental Management. University of York

BSc Zoology. University of Manchester

Main roles and responsibilities

I work within the crops and agroforestry team on a range of projects. I am currently working on SustainFARM setting up trials to enhance agronomic, environmental and economic performance of traditional and novel agroforestry systems and within AgFORWARD on trials investigating sward development and management in silvopoultry systems.

Past research I have been involved in include the management of traditional woody features such as hedges for bioenergy (TWECOM), conservation tillage (TILMAN-ORG), and the use of cover crops in organic rotations (OSCAR).

Research interests

I am interested whole system approaches which link landscape ecology with sustainable food production systems and specifically in practical applied research which both connects and engages the farming community.

Selected publications

Westaway, S., Crossland, E.M., Chambers, E.M., Gerrard, C. and Smith, J. (2016) Does harvesting hedges for woodfuel conflict with their delivery of other ecosystem services? 3rd European Agroforestry Conference ‘Celebrating 20 years of Agroforestry research in Europe’. Montpellier, France 23-25 May 2016. Book of Abstracts p. 53-56

Westaway, S, Chambers, M, Crossland, M, Wolton, R and Smith, J (2016). Managing traditional hedges for biofuel. 12th European International Farming Systems Association Symposium ‘Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways’. Harper Adams, UK

Wolton, R., Westaway, S., Chambers, M., Crossland, M. and Smith, J. (2016) Harvesting fuel from hedges. Conservation Land Management 14 (1) pp. 4-9

Westaway, S., Wolton, R., Smith, J. and Wolfe, M.S. (2013) Hedges: an ecological approach to biofuel production. In: Smith, B., Goldring, A., Holland, J., Ianetta, P., Norton, L., Smith, J., Smith, M. and Watson, C. (Eds.) 2013. Re-thinking Agricultural Systems in the UK. Aspects of Applied Biology 121. Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick. pp. 11-16

Chambers, E.M., Crossland, E.M., Westaway, S. and Smith, J. (2015) Hedgerow harvesting machinery trials report for TWECOM. The Organic Research Centre.

Crossland, E. M., Westaway, S., Gerrard, C. and Smith, J. (2015) Hedgerow Biodiversity Protocol 2015. User Guide. A protocol for monitoring the impacts of harvesting hedges for woodfuel. The Organic Research Centre.

Chambers, M., Crossland, M., Westaway, S., Smith, J. (2015) A guide to harvesting woodfuel from hedges. ORC Technical Guide. http://tinyurl/TWECOM

Crossland, M. and Westaway, S. (2015) Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotations: On-farm Testing of Cover Crop Species Mixes. Aspects of Applied Biology 129. Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick. pp. 13-18

Armengot, L., Blanco-Moreno, J.M., Bàrberi, P., Bocci, G., Carlesi, S., Aendekerk, R., Bernerb A., Celette F., Grosse M., Huiting H., Kranzler A., Luik A., Mäder P., Peigné J., Stoll E., Delfosse P., Sukkel W., Surböck A., Westaway S., Sans F.X. (2016) Tillage as a driver of change in weed communities: a functional perspective Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 222: 276–285