Henfaes Research Centre

Bangor University

Living Laboratory, Lighthouse & Soil Assessment Network

Land use(s)

  • Mixed
  • Upland & lowland sheep and cattle farm in parallel with
    research on nutrient use, soil pollution, multi-species leys,
    carbon sequestration, and agroforestry.

Successes / outcomes

  • Dozens of publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Hosting large and intimate industry events
  • Influencing policy (Defra, Welsh Government)
  • Collaborating with research groups across the world.

Methods / issues being explored

  • Whole system approach
  • Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Crop rotation
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Modification of organic matter inputs
  • Woodland and woody feature creation.

Data being collected on

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

Methods of data collection

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

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Foresters
  • Agri- or forestry industries
  • Academics
  • Advisory services
  • Consultants.


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

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • LEAF
  • Farming Connect
  • Global Farm Platform.

Prysor Williams
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Other organisations involved:

  • UKRI
  • European Union
  • Farming Connect
  • LEAF
  • Hybu Cig Cymru

Land use type:

  • Upland


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