Wakelyns is at IP21 5SD in Suffolk, UK
Ann and Martin Wolfe bought Wakelyns in 1992 after Martin’s earlier scientific career had showed how mixing just three varieties of a cereal crop together could restrict disease and stabilise crop yield. Their idea was further to experiment with forms of agriculture by using diversity and reversing the trend to crop monoculture though organic rotation agroforestry. From 1994 they planted, and then maintained, what many have said is the oldest and most diverse agroforestry system of its kind.
Wakelyns now comprises 50 acres of Agroforestry in north-south tree lines with an organic rotation cropping system in between.
Different area at Wakelyns have different tree line spacing: 12m, 15m or 18m; and different types of trees in the tree lines some for timber, some (hazel and willow) on a short rotation coppice for fencing produce and fro biomass); and a wide variety of fruit trees (including 40+ types of apple, as well as pears, many sorts of plums, quinces, cherries and much more).
Within the oganic rotation cropping we grow YQ population wheat (as developed at Wakelyns in conjunction with the Organic Research Centre), lentils and ‘RealVeg’ CSA horticulture from Holly, Chloe and Rachel in the alleys between.
Since Ann and Martin’s deaths (in 2016 and 2019), David and Toby Wolfe and their families have continued with the organic rotation Agroforestry while also evolving Wakelyns into a hub for farming, food and the environment.
Over the years, we’ve had some good coverage in the media.
This year we were also delighted to be one of the 3 finalists in the Farming for the Future category at the BBC Food and Farming Awards
Diversifying and making Wakelyns more sustainable has involved a new focus on ‘short [food] chains‘ and ‘enterprise stacking‘.
Short chains means that, rather than trying to crop and sell the raw produce (wheat. flour, fruit, vegetables, etc) those things are baked and cooked by Henrietta and Maisie in the Wakelyns Bakery to make delicious wholegrain sourdough bread, pastries and other food products, some of which you can try if you visit!
Also, non-food short chains from Fay Jones, The Woodland Haberdasher, who harvests wood and other produce (most of which would otherwise go unused) to make a range of craft products and undertake natural dyeing – all on show when you visit.
Likewise, Adam and Emma from Willow Phoenix, partly now based at Wakelyns, who use Wakelyns and other willow and hazel in a range of on-site weaving and lanscaping projects all to see and join in with when you visit.
For more information see www.wakelyns.co.uk
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For Agroforestry Open Weekend 2023 we will be open on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May.
Booking is essential. Bookings will be open from January 2023 Please don’t just turn up.
Accommodation also available (for the Open Weekend and generally, in conjunction with courses and other events at activities at Wakelyyns) either: