Ben has worked in horticulture and agroforestry for more than 25 years and has a wide range of practical commercial growing experience. For the Soil Association, he provides growers at all levels of production with technical, marketing, policy, supply chain and networking support.
Ben is an author of gardening books for children and grownups, including The Woodchip Handbook. He has been implementing a 200-acre agroforestry planting in Wiltshire since 2016. Ben also co-chairs the Defra Edibles Horticulture Roundtable and sits on the board of the Community Supported Agriculture Network UK and the Farm Woodland Forum committee.
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Defra have stated that they want agroforestry to be supported within ELM. In this session we will describe the Defra-funded Test on Agroforestry and its results to date. The panel will include practising agroforestry farmers who are part of the Test and who will give their perspective on what is needed to make agroforestry mainstream. […]