Ban­gor University

Hen­faes Research Cen­tre is Ban­gor University’s research farm locat­ed in Aberg­wyn­gr­eg­yn totalling an area of 252 hectares. The farm includes arable, sheep, hor­ti­cul­ture and agro­forestry and extends from sea-lev­el to amongst the high­est land in Snow­do­nia. The farm is in a high­ly des­ig­nat­ed area, 75% of the land resid­ing in Snow­do­nia Nation­al Park and parts being with­in a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tif­ic Inter­est and Nation­al Nature Reserve.

Primary Contact: Prysor Williams (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management)

[email protected] | 01248 382288

Included within Henfaes is a 49-hectare lowland area providing field, laboratory and greenhouse facilities. In addition, Henfaes is the location for the Centre for Hill and Upland Management (CHUM) which is managed as a commercial sheep unit, and the Sir William Roberts Centre for Sustainable Land Use. It is also a site that is part of the Global Farm Platform, a partnership facilitating knowledge exchange on grassland livestock systems across farm platforms on all continents.

Bangor University has a very strong reputation in forestry and is the oldest forestry school in the UK. Bangor is the leading institution incorporating sustainability into forestry teaching e.g. biodiversity, agroforestry etc.

Remit:

Research activities focus on the need for an economically viable agriculture industry to deliver a broad range of ecosystem services

Activities:

Henfaes works closely with farmers in the neighbouring Conwy catchment and hosts regular events to a wide range of audiences. Bangor hopes to improve links with industry and illustrate the benefits of IFM implementation in livestock systems by working with LEAF.

Bangor is an Innovation Site for Farming Connect, a Welsh government funded platform with 26,000 registered Welsh farms.

Henfaes has also hosted OFS in previous years.

Henfaes was one of five research and demonstration farms that are part of Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP) research programme.

Research interests:

Bangor produces a lot of research with applied value. Upland horticultural research around sustainable intensification, livestock production systems, agroforestry, soil science, crop science, nutrient management and greenhouse gas emissions. More specifically this involves:

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