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Exploring the Future of Lowland Agricultural Peat Workshop -
The Fenland SOIL Conference 2023

17th - 18th April 2023

Ship Ln, Ely CB7 4BB, UK

An interactive two day workshop for those with an interest in the future of lowland agricultural peat, hosted by Fenland SOIL and the Centre for Landscape Regeneration, University of Cambridge.

Exploring the current thinking, knowledge gaps, proposed policy changes and future research and policy requirements. This interactive event has been established to encourage collaborations and discussions.

Discussing the challenges set out by the Lowland Peat Taskforce Report and the UK Government’s Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) with an ambition to develop a community response to these reports and policies.

Leading researchers, policy makers, stakeholders and industry experts shared their insights, including an international perspective and delegates were able to take part in group workshops and discussions.

Presentations are availble to download from

Introducing Fenland SOIL


Farming in the Fens

John Shropshire, Fenland SOIL Chairman


The Issue with Lowland Agricultural Peat Emissions

Prof Chris Evans, UKCEH


Learnings from the Lowland Agricultural Peat Taskforce

Robert Caudwell, LAPTF Chair


Water Management

Daniel Johns, WRE, Ian Holman, Cranfield University, More to be announced


Lowland agricultural peat – an international perspective

Prof Jacynthe Dessureault-Rompre, Laval University, Dr Örjan Berglund, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Dr Bärbel Tiemeyer, The Thünen Institute, Dr Joost Keuskamp, Biont Research


Panel Discussion – lowland agricultural peat from around the world

Discussion Sessions

1. The Role of ELMS

2. Barriers for Farmers

3. Mosaic Landscape Farming on Lowland Peat

4. Future Proofing Lowland Peat Production


Round Up of Day 1 and Q & A


Breakfast Session: Getting ready to carbon footprint: the key things that all farmers need to bear in mind when measuring their natural capita

Dr Emily Pope and Oliver Rubenstein, Trinity Ag


How much peat is left– the need for an up-to-date peat map

Nick Girkin, Cranfield University


Peatland Code

Dr Reneè Kerkvliet Hermans


The economics of lowland agricultural peat management

Pam Jacobs, Andersons Eastern


Mosaic Land Management Opportunities

Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, NIAB, Megan Hudson, Fenland SOIL


Landscape Regeneration and Land Management

Centre for Landscape Regeneration


Workshop Session


Conference Response to LAPTF Report


Round Up of Conference

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