Will Simonson

Will Simonson


Will is Head of Research at the Organic Research Centre, overseeing its research programmes in crop diversity and agronomy, animal husbandry, agroforestry, sustainability and business and markets. In his subsidiary role as Principal Researcher in Agroforestry, he leads ORC’s research in this field, including in European collaborations (e.g. AGROMIX, a Horizon 2020 project) and the agroforestry ELM Test as part of Defra’s Tests and Trials process.

Based in Cambridge, Will has doctoral and post-doctoral research in forest ecology and conservation at the university there and latterly has worked as an environmental scientist in the policy areas of food security and climate change adaptation at UNEP WCMC. He has 12 years’ work experience in Portugal, including with its montado wood pasture systems and as scientific director for A Rocha International helped developed conservation programmes elsewhere in Europe, Africa and Asia.

What Will It Take For Agroforestry To Become Commonplace On English Farms?

Agricology Discussion Tent

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. […]