Martin Crawford

Founder - Agroforestry Research Trust



Martin Crawford is a British author who is the founder and director of the Agroforestry Research Trust. He runs regular tours of the well established 2-acre forest garden at Dartington in Devon as well as the newer Littlehempston site as well as courses in the design of Forest Gardens. He is a director of ‘Gaia’, a Trust formed by James Lovelock to further his work.

The Agroforestry Research Trust is an educational and research organisation, founded in 1992 as a registered charity, to educate and conduct research into all aspects of agroforestry. Various academic and practical research projects have been undertaken since its formation, and results of research published by the Trust in a number of publications and in its own quarterly journal, Agroforestry News.  Courses and tours are also run on aspects of our work.

The Trust Director, Martin Crawford, has planned and carried out all most of the aspects of the Trust’s work. He has spent over 30 years in organic agriculture and horticulture, including working for the Yarner Trust in North Devon (teaching small-scale organic agriculture); growing food for a small hotel on the Isle of Iona; restoring the walled gardens of a manor house in mid-Devon; and running his own organic market garden and tree nursery in South Devon.

Funding for the work of the A.R.T. comes from several sources. Self-generated income comes from sales of plants, seeds and publications, and also from course fees. In addition, some income comes from grant-making Trusts and in donations from individuals.

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