26 July 2017
GREATsoils Trial Demonstration Top Fruit

Assessing the health of your soil



20 July 2017
Letter to Michael Gove on Agroforestry

Government asked to support game-changing agroforestry systems

14 July 2017
'A Matter of Scale' report published

Small-scale, agroecological farms attract UK workers, produce high yields of vegetables and deliver multiple environmental and social benefits



5 July 2017
Demonstrating crop resilience through agro-biodiversity

ORC brings its expertise to NOCC17

Can you help support our development and new projects in 2017?

While most of what we do is funded as discrete projects by the EU, governments and charitable foundations, many of our activities depend on voluntary donations from the public – people like you!

Please donate now!

To increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you, please tick to confirm that you are a UK taxpayer (paying at least as much UK income tax and/or capital gains tax in the year in which you donate as the amount that will be claimed by us) and would like the Organic Research Centre to treat as a Gift Aid donation:

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Unrestricted donations provide us with flexibility in how we can use your donation. If you would like to specifiy how your donation should be used, you will be able to do so once you have clicked on the Donate button.

If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer please contact Gillian Woodward.

You can also text donations up to £10 to 70070 with the message ‘ORCE11 £amount’ (e.g. ORCE11 £10).


Download leaflet (609kb pdf file)

Why support ORC?

Read our leaflet on 'What we do, why we do it and what we've achieved' here (609kb pdf file).

Organic farmer John Pawsey explains why the work of the Organic Research Centre is so important and needs your support, in this video clip recorded at the Organic Producers' Conference in November 2014




Supporting the Organic Research Centre

The Organic Research Centre delivers work in eight programme areas, and each of these requires donations in order to progress. As a charity we also require funding for the facilities and resources to underpin each of the eight programme areas. Please click here or below to see details of work that you can support in each of these programme areas.

The most valuable thing a supporter can do for ORC is to make a £5,000+ unrestricted donation, and in doing so joining our exclusive group of Organic Ambassadors. Please click here to read more about donating at Organic Ambassador level.

Further details on any of these projects can be provided on request – please contact Atul Srivastava.

If you would like to see how donations to the Charity have been used previously, please see our annual reports.

Join ORC Farmer and Business Supporters' Group

In return for a commitment to a regular donation to support our work, the new Farmer and Business Supporters' Group provides an opportunity for us to say thank you for your support and to give you something back, including an opportunity to have a say in, and get involved with, our future activities. You can find more information about the group here.

Become a Friend of ORC

While one-off donations are always very welcome, a regular monthly or annual donation provides us with increased security of income and allows us to provide you some benefits in return. By becoming a Friend you will receive the ORC Bulletin, additional information on our activities, free ORC publications, discounts on or free access to events and invitations to Friends-only events.

You can become a Friend by completing the Standing Order Mandate, available from Gillian Woodward, and making a regular donation. (For fraud prevention reasons we regret that we are not able to make the Standing Order Mandate available on-line.)

Please make your contribution as generous as you can - If you can afford £10/month or £100 per year or more, this would really help us make progress. But in view of the services provided in return, we do ask for the following minimum donations from Friends:

  • Individual annual donation - £50 minimum
  • Charities/NGO annual donation - £100 minimum
  • Corporate annual donation - £250 minimum

As with one-off donations, you can Gift Aid your regular Friend donations using the Standing Order Mandate form, increasing their value to us by 25%.

Leaving a legacy

By including us in your Will or adding a Codicil (PDF 378KB), you will be enabling us to continue to develop our work and activities well into the future. As we are a charity, all legacies to ORC are free from inheritance tax.

You can find further information on legacy donation from your solicitor or by visiting legacy giving sites such as www.rememberacharity.org.uk.

We may not be registered as a member with these sites, but you can find full details about us on the Charity Commission website www.charitycommission.gov.uk. You or your solicitor will need to use the formal charity name Progressive Farming Trust Ltd or our Registered Charity number 281276 to find us there.

Donating shares

The option to donate shares to a charity applies to many listed shares and unit and investment trusts. As a charitable donation this is normally free of capital gains tax. To be sure of the current tax implications, you should check with your financial advisor or HMRC.