Phil has worked for the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project since 1992, originally concentrating on managing the farm. He farms over 900 hectares in a joint venture with a neighbouring beef and arable farmer. The Allerton Project integrates several practices to broaden sustainable farm management including
- cover cropping
- reduced cultivations
- agri-environment and agro-forestry schemes
- soil and water protection
- renewable energy
In 2002 Phil took a more active role in the Allerton Project’s research and education activities, specialising in soil and water, cross compliance and environmental advice to farmers. Phil has worked with a wide range of organisations within the agricultural industry such as ADAS, LEAF, CLA, NFU, Frontier, Vaderstad, BASF and Syngenta. Phil now shares his time between research, education, policy and farming.
In 2011, whilst still farming, Phil completed a Masters Degree in Sustainable Agricultural Management at Harper Adams University College. In 2016 Phil was appointed to the BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel. The Allerton Project was one of the five DEFRA funded demonstration and research sites in the recent Sustainable Intensification Platform.Phil is currently Vice Chair of the National Farmers Union’s Combinable Crops Board and is also Chair of the NFU’s Environment Forum.