Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Open Day Photos

Some of the environmentally friendly features at the new Visitors Centre at Loddington

Solar panels, rainwater harvesting, wool and straw insulation

                                 Grasscrete car park- no tarmac and easy draining

Recycled fencing made from plastic silage wrap

Caroline Drummond (LEAF), Sylvester Cheung (Visitor centre architect), James Keith (Chair of Allerton Steering Committee) and Alastair Leake (Head of Allerton Project).

Jim Paice' Secretary of State for Agriculture' in conversation with Alastair Leake (Allerton Project)

BBC East Midlands Report and 20 year Allerton Publication 'Fields for the Future'

The GWCT and LEAF celebrated over 20 years of successfully influencing Government agricultural and environmental policy and spreading best farming and conservation practice yesterday at the Allerton Project where the new report Fields for the Future was launched.

Click here to view the report on our website:

BBC East Midlands TV was there to report on the launch of the report with Jim Paice MP and Alastair Leake, Head of The Allerton Project:


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Visitors Centre Official Opening

Today saw the grand opening of the new visitors centre at GWCT, Allerton Project. A combined celebration of 20 years of the Project and LEAF's 21st birthday was acknowledged by Jim Paice, the Secretary of State for Agriculture. Farmers, advisors and rural stakeholders were introduced to the ' eco-friendly' building and then toured the farm. Speakers informed the visitors on subjects such as waste recycling, soil and water, farmland biodiversity and community engagement. Thank-you to all those who helped the make event such a success. More news and photos to follow!!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee at Loddington Visitors Centre

                                            On Monday June 4th the village of Loddington celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the Allerton Project's new visitors centre. Alastair Leake welcomed  the village and Phil Jarvis decribed it as a 'Test Event for the busy weeks ahead'.  The warm sunshine attracted over 50 people to the afternoon's celebrations. Despite the fact that the exterior groundworks are still to be completed, the event was a great success.The solar panels, rain water harvesting and woodchip boiler were given a thorough workout over the weekend. The next two events are on June 12th - GWCT Shoot Walk. June 26th - GWCT Allerton Project & LEAF open day.