18 May 2020
5th European Agroforestry Conference

Nuoro, Sardinia. Call for abstracts

21 September 2020
Organic World Congress 2020

20th Organic World Congress in France, September 2020



24 January 2020
ORC and Agricology at ORFC

Audio and video from Oxford Real Farming Conference

23 January 2020
Wakelyns Agroforestry: Resilience through diversity

New Wakelyns publication and tributes to Martin Wolfe at ORFC



21 January 2020
Organic Research Centre starts 40th year at new headquarters

ORC is now operational from Trent Lodge in Cirencester.

Creeping thistle

Successful control of creeping thistle in organic farming

Creeping thistle has become an increasing problem, especially for organic arable farms with soils of high organic matter. Wherever it grows, it competes with crops for water and nutrients. Once established, much patience is required to achieve aceptable levels of thistles. There is no ‘magic bullet’ for its control on organic farms. However, by following certain rules of plant cultivation, in combination with direct methods, thistles can be effectively controlled.

This booklet results from the Organic Knowledge Network Arable project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.

The booklet was produced by FiBL and the English version was adapted by ORC.

Download Creeping thistle: Successful control in organic farming

Ordering hard copies

Hard copies are available from ORC for £5.00 (incl. postage).