The Story

Prof. Martin Wolfe established an organic silvoarable system in 1994 on a 22.5ha site in eastern England.

The farm has four agroforestry silvoarable systems; hazel coppice, willow coppice, a fruit and nut tree system and a mixed hardwood and fruit tree system. The trees are planted in rows or as production hedges running north/south with organic crops grown in rotation within the 10-12m wide alleys.

Wakelyns produces a wide range of products, including bioenergy from the willow and hazel coppice, timber, fruit, vegetables, cereals, nuts, cider and craft materials. The agroforestry system also supports a number of important ecosystem services such as maintaining soil fertility and health, biodiversity enhancement, modification of the microenvironment, pest and disease regulation and carbon storage.