Our Founder

Our Founder

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

In 1954, Lawrence rented a smallholding in Essex, to experiment with comfrey. He encouraged other growers to share his researches, particularly into ‘companion’ planting for pest control, and in 1958 he created a membership organisation to support the research into comfrey and organic growing. 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.