GWCT Allerton Project


Land use(s)

  • Lowland
  • Mainly arable land managed to delivery, research and demonstrate multiple economic and environmental objectives

Successes / outcomes

  • Research papers published and around 2,500 visitors pa.

Methods / issues being explored

  • Increased diversity of sward / crops
  • Crop rotation
  • Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Precision farming
  • Woodland and woody feature creation
  • Introduction / management of water bodies
  • Whole system approach

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Yield
  • Costs
  • Biodiversity
  • Water runoff / flooding
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Cultural aspects

Methods of data collection

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

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Agri- or forestry industries
  • Academics
  • Local schools
  • Advisory services
  • Consultants


  • Open days
  • Training courses
  • School visits
  • Social media
  • One-to-one contact

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • Agricology
  • Groundswell
  • Leaf


Dr Jenny Bussell
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Other organisations involved:

  • GWCT
  • University of Nottingham
  • Syngenta
  • AHDB
  • NFU
  • Kings Seeds
  • Anglian Water
  • Abacus Agriculture

Land use type:

  • Lowland
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