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Innovative UK regenerative farming project joins ATPI Halo portfolio

The project has been pioneering sustainable crop production since 2007, when the 400-hectare Blaston Estate was inherited by current owner Hylton Murray-Philipson.

Global travel and events management business, the ATPI Group, has signed the first UK-based project to its ATPI Halo environmental sustainability portfolio. 

The Blaston Regenerative Farming initiative, based in Leicestershire, is an innovative project that aims to improve soil health, promote biodiversity and create a sustainable food-production business, while at the same time sequestering carbon. 

The project has been pioneering sustainable crop production since 2007, when the 400-hectare Blaston Estate was inherited by current owner Hylton Murray-Philipson. He decided to switch away from intensive farming after seeing the damage intensive rotation of wheat and oil seed rape was doing to his soil. 

Working with independent agronomy group Indigro, the farm has transformed its fortunes by having a more diverse crop, using a traditional ‘no plough’ method, introducing livestock and leaving fields fallow across 230 hectares. 

It is estimated that in the 2020-2021 season alone, the project captured 5,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Meanwhile, the farm has dramatically cut nitrogen fertiliser use and seen a seven-fold increase in worm numbers, proving the organic health of the soil. 

ATPI Halo director, Pippa Ganderton commented: “Respira arranged an opportunity for us to visit Philipston Estate, Blaston, Leicestershire, in July this year. Ironically, it was on the hottest day of 2022. As we were guided around this impressive estate and shown the detail of the many initiatives they are undertaking to drive sustainable farming methods, climate change was front of mind.” 

Pippa continued: “Supporting nature-based projects in developing nations, that suffer the most devastating impact of climate change, remains our prime focus. However, to be part of such a valuable, innovative agricultural project close to home is of huge importance to ATPI. The creation of nutritious food whilst reducing the carbon footprint must be the way forward for farming all over the world.” 

Blaston Clients can contribute to this project despite the framework for a UK Soil Carbon Code still being under development, in the knowledge that the project proponents are engaging with the Sustainable Soils Alliance with a positive indication that Blaston will be a driver of farming best practice.

ATPI Halo is a unique CO2 measurement, reduction and offsetting service from the ATPI Group. Clients are empowered to make their corporate travel as sustainable as possible by giving them access to world-leading offsetting projects. Each one in the ATPI Halo portfolio is independently assessed and measured, with a transparent guarantee of its credentials. Experts from ATPI Halo also help clients shape their travel policies to best fit with the company’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and corporate ethos.  

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.