Our Founder

Our Founder

Lawrence Hills, a freelance journalist and keen organic grower, founded our organisation in 1954. He was passionate about promoting the potential of the herb comfrey as a natural fertiliser and the benefits of organic growing as a whole.

Lawrence rented a smallholding in Essex, to experiment with comfrey and turned the organisation into a charity in 1958. He named it the ‘Henry Doubleday Research Association’ after the 19th Century Quaker smallholder who brought comfrey to Britain. You can read more about our charity's history here.