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Cranfield University

Living Laboratory & Soil Assessment Network

Land use(s)

  • Mixed.

Methods / issues being explored

  • Remediation of land
  • Whole system approach
  • Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Rewetting of peatlands
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Modification of organic matter inputs
  • Precision farming
  • Woodland and woody feature creation
  • Increase in / introduction of community gardens.

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Biodiversity
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Social engagement
  • Cultural aspects.

Methods of data collection

  • Visual assessments
  • Field surveys
  • Commercial laboratories
  • Sensors
  • Remote sensing (LIDAR, satellites, drones, etc.)
  • Social surveys.

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Food specialists
  • Agri- or forestry industries
  • Academics.


  • Open days
  • One-to-one contact
  • Events/festivals
  • Training courses
  • School visits
  • Social media.

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • Groundswell
  • Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)
  • Agri-tech Centre for innovation
  • AgriEPI Agri-tech Centre for innovation
  • Agritech East
  • Eaglelabs.


Jacqueline Hannam
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MK43 0AL

Other organisations involved:

We work with multiple organisations and groups delivering end-user focused research and innovation in soil, land use and food systems.

Land use type:

  • Mixed