Pioneering Urban Agroecological Research with Citizen Science

Francis Rayns, Margi Lennartsson and Gareth Davies

In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 33 - Urban Agroecology, p.38-40 (2017)

The Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA), now known as Garden Organic, was established as a UK charity in 1958 by Lawrence Hills. From the outset the aim was to conduct scientific research that could ‘improve and encourage horticulture and agriculture generally’ (stated as object 1 of Henry Doubleday Research Association). With very limited funds, the idea was that simple experiments would be conducted by the members in their own gardens and the results sent back to be collated and published in the quarterly Newsletter of the association.

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