For more than 30 years the Allerton Project has been at the cutting edge of research into sustainable farming methods, biodiversity & habitat creation, and rural landscape management. Combining our modern, productive farm with a full-time research team we have the scope to conduct research into agri-environmental issues at a range of scales, from experimental plot to whole-landscape. Some of our long-term trials have datasets stretching back for three decades, giving a unique level of granularity and detail.
Research results are used to inform both practice on the ground – disseminated to practitioners through events for farmers and other agricultural professionals at Loddington – and policy at the national level via a long history of productive engagement with policymakers and civil servants in successive governments. The results are also shared with the scientific community through publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Our small research team achieves this by working across a range of disciplines in collaboration with universities and other research organisations across the country. We combine substantial research projects with PhD and MSc student projects to build a coherent picture of a range of integrated issues on and around our own farm at Loddington.