New updated version – Wakelyns Agroforestry: Resilience through diversity

Wakelyns, surrounded by a sea of large-scale conventional arable production, is an oasis of
trees, alive with bird song and insects. Integrating trees for timber, energy and fruit production
into an organic crop rotation, Wakelyns was established by the late plant pathologist, Prof.
Martin Wolfe
, to put into action his theories of agrobiodiversity being the answer to achieving
sustainable and resilient agriculture. Marking 30 years of agroforestry at Wakelyns, this
revised edition of Resilience Through Diversity celebrates the work of Martin and Ann,
fellow researchers from the Organic Research Centre and the wider research and Wakelyns
community; as evolved and expanded by their son David Wolfe and his wife Amanda from 2020.

Wakelyns booklet front cover with aerial photo of the agroforestry system

The original review was written by Jo Smith and Sally Westaway in 2020 and supported by the Woodland Trust. This edition was revised by Janie Caldbeck and Will Simonson and made possible by Stewardship’s partnership with an anonymous donor. It contains additional pages on ‘Biodiversity for agriculture and conservation’ including our latest research at Wakelyns as part of the Agromix project. The recent work on pond restoration and creation at Wakelyns is also covered. We also tell the story of how since Martin and Ann’s deaths, David and Toby Wolfe and their families have continued with the organic rotation agroforestry whilst evolving Wakelyns into a hub for farming, food, research and the environment, focusing on short food chains, enterprise stacking, and people.

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