16 September 2014
Fertility building leys field lab

Field lab 3 at Abbey Home Farm, Cirencester

22 September 2014
Field Lab: Woodchip Compost

Part 3: Discussion of final results



13 August 2014
No-till: limited potential for climate change mitigation

The role of no-till agriculture in climate change mitigation may be over-stated

13 August 2014
The energy efficiency of organic agriculture

ORC-led review confirms that most organic crop and livestock systems are more energy-efficient than conventional



18 July 2014
Prince of Wales visits Food & Farming Summer School

As part of his annual Food and Farming Summer School, HRH The Prince of Wales met with students and farmers at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire.

Mr. Roger Hitchings

Job title

No longer working at ORC

Contact details

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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.