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Paludiculture Innovation Project (PIP)

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The Paludiculture Innovation Project (PIP) aims to create a facility for paludiculture research, development, demonstration and knowledge transfer.

Project aims

The project will:

  • create a facility for paludiculture research, development, demonstration and knowledge transfer, establishing baseline data, developing rewetting techniques, measuring and evaluating the impact of these techniques.

  • track behavioural change within the farming community, modelling the socio-economic impacts of the project to inform and contribute to policy, lowland peatland restoration and the paludiculture debate.

  • develop a long-term regenerative field experiment. The themes will be developed to direct future cross cutting research with a view to expanding the scope of the project following completion of the PIP project


Adeney Yard, Harper Adams University Future Farm, Shropshire

Project partners
Partners - Harper Adams University

The PIP team is inter-disciplinary and includes: Professor Jim Monaghan (PIP Chair, crops), Mr Scott Kirby (Executive Project and Programme Consultant, Farm & Sustainability), Dr Simon Jeffery (soil ecology) , Professor Karl Behrendt (agri-tech economic modelling), Dr Iona Huang (socio-economics), Dr Julia Casperd (agriculture and environment), Dr Lucy Crockford (soil and water management), Mr David White (engineering).


Contact - Julia Casperd - PIP Chair, crops


Mobile: 07375 862004

Partner - UKCEH

UKCEH provides valuable support and collaborative links for our research


Partner - LEAF

LEAF will inform and facilitate the development of the LEAF Marque Standard for sustainable products from paludiculture farming systems

The PIP also has also established important collaborative links with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Severn Trent, the School of Sustainable Food and Farming, North Shropshire Farmer cluster and Agri-EPI Centre.

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