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    Innovation in arable systems and their impacts on heritage assets


    This project will investigate the impact of innovations in arable systems on historical assets, though quick scoping review and stakeholder consultation. Priority areas for further research and the development of new approaches for conserving the historic environment will be identified.


    Agri-environment schemes (AES) provide crucial mechanisms for responding to management needs for archaeological sites in arable landscapes; they allow a range of responses from arable reversion to minimum depth or no-tillage cultivation.  Agricultural technologies, however, have developed significantly in the last 20 years, especially with the increasing use of GPS and minimum tillage options and movement towards regenerative systems. This quick scoping review and  stakeholder consultation will investigate the potential impact of these innovations on heritage assets. The evidence collated will refresh the baseline of understanding to: develop or re-cast AES options, and review and update existing guidance, best practice and related advice. Evidence gaps will be identified and recommendations made for future research. 

     The outputs will include an over-arching report outlining the findings of the project, a series of practical case studies and a webinar for key partners.

    Acknowledgements: Many thanks to James Simmill for his work on this research.

    Funding Body

    Natural England

    Lead Organisation

    Harper Adams University

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