2 July 2015
Organic support schemes

Workshop at Elm Farm on the new schemes plus new opportunities for organic farming

7 July 2015
National Organic Combinable Crops 2015

View ORC trials and more at Shimpling Park Farm



25 June 2015
GM wheat trial fails

Wheat trial failure confirms folly of GM’s sticking plaster approach

17 June 2015
Better Organic Business Links final conference

Report and S4C video clip



11 June 2015
The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification

New study highlights methods to safeguard UK food security

Mr. Roger Hitchings

Job title

No longer working at ORC

Contact details

Email prefix: (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
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Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Soil Science, University of Reading, 1970
Postgraduate Certificate in Education – PGCE(FE), University College of Wales, Newport, 1992

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Managing the Information Services Team
  • Co-ordinating the advisory team
  • Providing consultancy in organic horticulture, standards development and planning issues at home and abroad
  • Working with colleagues on a range of projects
  • Providing liaison and input to Organic Centre Wales
  • Providing coverage of a range of educational activities

External activities

  • Secretary, Organic Growers Alliance
  • Pool Member, EU Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production
  • Chairman of the Board, JobForce Wales Ltd

Selected publications

Booth, E., Cook, P., Fletcher, D., Hitchings, R., Newman, G., Palmer, H., Randerson, P. & Sutherland R. (2000) The Potential Contribution of Alternative Sectors to a Sustainable Agricultural Industry and Rural Economy in Wales – A Comparative Assessment. SAC Agro Industrial Research Services, Inverurie.

Dewhirst, C., Green, M., Haward, R., Hitchings, R., Pickering, J., Phillips, L. & Rayns, F. (2004) UK Market Assessment for Composted Materials in Organic Farming, Waste and Resources Action Programme, Banbury

Firth, C., Geen, N., and Hitchings, R. (2003) The UK Organic Vegetable Market (2001/02 season). HDRA, Coventry

Firth, C., Geen, N., and Hitchings, R. (2005) The UK Organic Vegetable Market 2003-04. HDRA, Coventry

Hitchings, R. (2007) Compost: the effect on nutrients, soil health and crop quantity and quality – a PACA Res review (PDF 173KB). IOTA

Clarke, S., Hitchings, R. & Trump, A. (2007) Market Review of the Welsh Organic Arable Sector. Organic Centre Wales, Aberstwyth

Hitchings, R. (2007) Market Review of the Welsh Horticultural Sector. Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth,

Hitchings, R. & Robertshaw, P. (2003) Organic Horticultural Seed Trials in Wales. Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth.

Click here to see Roger Hitchings's publications on Organic eprints.