The Allerton Research and Educational Trust

The Allerton Project was established in line with the will of Lord and Lady Allerton and is partnered with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. The Allerton farm is a commercially run mixed arable and livestock demonstration farm based on 320 ha of clay soil on the Loddington Estate. Crops grown are primarily winter wheat, winter barley, winter/spring oats and winter/spring beans.

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Primary Contact: Alastair Leake (Director of Policy & Allerton Project)

[email protected] | 01572 718730

The farm has 20 hectares of woodland and numerous streams and ponds within its boundaries, and a flying flock graze 30 hectares of permanent grassland. The Allerton project has a comprehensive Integrated Farming System with a strong focus on cultivation systems work and is working overall towards regenerative agriculture. This involves more soil cover, less tillage and expanding rotations.

The Allerton Project also has an award-winning 'eco-build' visitor centre which welcomes over 3,000 people a year, including environmental groups, politicians and policy makers, food manufacturers and retailers, as well as the general public at Open Farm Sunday.


To research the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment, and to share the results of this research to inform practice on the ground, policy and educational activities.


Work covers natural capital accounting, agri-environment schemes and regenerative farming systems. From soil and water to woodland and environmental habitat that increases biodiversity, the overarching aim is to build farmland resilience. The Allerton project has an extensive stewardship scheme including herbal leys, , fallow periods and reduced inputs in cereals. The project also works with the Woodland Trust, Organic Research Centre and Natural England on agroforestry work.

The Allerton research team collaborate with other research organisations and help co-supervise numerous PhD and MSc projects. Visitors to the project include policy makers, regulators, farmers, advisors, students and schools and there are several initiatives that involve the local community including LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday and a community orchard project helping to preserve local rare apple.

Research results are used to inform both practice on the ground, through events for farmers and other agricultural professionals at Loddington, and policy at the national level. The results are also shared with the scientific community through publication in peer-reviewed journals. The GWCT have been also involved with Farm Clusters since their conception and organises the nationwide Big Farmland Bird Count every year.

The project also offers a range of training courses including the Certificate in Sustainable Land Management a compulsory part of the BASIS diploma, and courses on regenerative agriculture.

Projects: The Allerton Project is involved with an EU wide Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Systems initiative with Syngenta involving the rotational appraisal of tillage including study on gas emissions etc. Allerton is also involved with the EU Climate Neutral Farms project.

  • SoilCare: EU funded project testing soil management practices intended to increase farm business profitability while delivering environmental benefits
  • Soil Biology & Health- AHDB funded investigating the role of soil biology in improving soil function and associated benefits to crops
  • Soil Quality for Environment Health: funded by SARIC aims to apply an Australian initiative to the UK

Research interests:

The Allerton Project has a broad scope to conduct research into agri-environmental issues at a range of scales, from experimental plot to landscape scale.

  • Soil and water management
  • Boosting biodiversity
  • Songbirds and game management
  • Sustainable Intensification Platform
  • River basin management
  • Agroforestry
  • Water Friendly Farming