27 March 2018
CFE Hedge event at Elm Farm

Make hedge management work for your business & the environment

27 March 2018
GREATsoils field day

Using green manures to optimise nitrogen availability

21 March 2018
The UK Agroforestry Network workshops

Reports from the group meetings

15 March 2018
Wonderful woodchip!

Workshop report on practical uses of woodchip in organic horticultural systems

15 March 2018
Organic farming for a Green Brexit

Government urged to commit to expanding organic food and farming to ensure a Green Brexit

Impacts of organic silvoarable systems on pest and disease distribution – Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire

Contract period:

1 March 2010 to 28 August 2010

Main funder:

University of Reading/ORC

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Jo Smith

Project aims

Tom Pinkham, an MSc student from University of Reading, worked with us on his research thesis to investigate the influence of tree rows on an ecosystem service - pest and disease control. He measured the influence of tree/hedgerow strips on microclimate and soil characteristics at various distances from the tree rows into the middle of the crop alleys, and in a neighbouring open field. Assessments of major pests and/or diseases, and crop assessments, were carried out in the crop alleys and compared with levels in monocropped fields. Analyses identified higher air temperatures, moister soils, and lower wind speeds when compared to control system. Weed cover was 7% higher in the agroforestry system, and aphids and Ramularia were also higher in the agroforestry crop. However, there was no significant difference in crop damage levels between the agroforestry system and control field.

ORC's role