Research and analysis

Environmental Land Management: tests and trials

Reports on the progress and main findings of the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme tests and trials.



These reports provides the main findings from live tests and trials of the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme.

Defra started tests and trials in 2018. Almost 3,000 farmers and land managers are involved across different sectors, regions and land types. They provide evidence through progress reports, regular meetings with Test and Trial Officers and Thematic Working Group discussions to exchange findings and evidence.

Every quarter, these reports will summarise progress against 6 themes:

  • land management plans
  • advice and guidance
  • spatial prioritisation
  • collaboration
  • payments
  • delivery mechanisms

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Find out more, read the tests and trials case study.

Published 14 October 2020
Last updated 9 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated September 2020 Quarterly report

  2. Published Environmental Land Management tests and trials quarterly report for September 2020.

  3. First published.