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This list of testsites has been compiled from information produced by the Biotechnology Unit of the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions. There is a KEY available at the end of the table.

08/04/04 UPDATE: At present the only GM crop trial being carried out in the UK in 2004 is a research and development trial of GM peas by John Innes Centre in Norwich, (TG 180070). This is the second year of a two year trial. More information on this trial from DEFRA. A new table for 2003-2004 will be added shortly as will an update to the 2002-2003 table

If you have any additional information that would increase the accuracy of this table please email us at

You can see the data for the following periods:

 

Crops planted from Autumn 2000 and harvested by Autumn 2001

This list was last updated on August 30th 2001. This was the final update.

Click here to see this data in map form.

 

Hide columns: Grid Ref | Farm Address | Gmo Ref | Crop | Area | Sown | Traits | Status

Show columns: Company | Harvest

 

Grid Ref

Farm Address

Gmo Ref

Crop

Area

Sown

Traits

Status

 
ABERDEENSHIRE

NZ 744 300 

Daviot 

00/R33/7S 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

NJ 768 279 

Daviot 

00/R33/7S 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

NJ 750 295 

Daviot 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

April 

LL SL 

 

NJ 772 283 

Daviot 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

April 

LL SL 

 

NJ 740 288 

Daviot 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

April 

LL SL 

 

NJ 753 343 

Rothienorman 

00/R33/7S 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

NJ 907 215 

Tillycorthie 

00/R14/9S 

OSR 

0.0012 ha 

Oct-Nov 

HL AB 

See below* 

NJ 90_ 21_ 

Tillycorthie Farm, Udny 

00/R14/8 

OSR 

1ha GM within 3ha 

Mar-May 

LL SL and HL AB 

 

NJ 909 232 

Udny Green/ Tillycorthie 

00/R33/6S 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

NJ 910 232 

Tillycorthie 

00/R33/5S 

WOSR 

1ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

NJ 907 229 

Tillycorthie 

98/R20/2 

SOSR 

 

March 

LL or RR 

 

 
HIGHLAND COUNTY

NH 662 563 

Munlochy 

00/R33/7S 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

X marked on field as locals cast vote 

NH 901 536 

Auldearn 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

April 

LL SL 

 

NH 702 458 

Smithton 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

April 

LL SL 

 

 
MIDLOTHIAN

NT 248 650 

Bilston 

00/R33/6S 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

NT 246 650 

Woodhouselee 

00/R33/5S 

WOSR 

1ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

 
ANGUS

NO  

Liff 

00/R23/7 

Potato 

<750m2 

Apr-May 

Various 

 

 
DURHAM

NZ 127 133 

Hutton Magna 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

NZ 136 107 

Hutton Magna 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

30% destroyed 

NZ 193 370 

Oakenshaw 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

 
CUMBRIA

NX 967137 

Rottingham 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

 
NORTH YORKSHIRE

TA 265 378 

East Newton 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**5 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

not planted 

NZ 135 103 

Hutton Magna 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SE 195 840 

High Ellington 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

SE 650 844 

Beadlam 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

 
EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE

SE 755 312 

Brind 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TA 016 599 

Little Driffield 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TA 265 378 

Aldbrough 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TA 224 374 

Flinton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
WEST YORKSHIRE

SE 442 412 

Bramham 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SE 450 412 

Branham 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

damaged 

 
SOUTH YORKSHIRE

SE 630 035 

Armthorpe 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

 
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

SK 589 706 

Meden Vale 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

terminated in March 

SK 590 706 

Meden Vale 

00/R33/5 

WOSR 

1 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SK 598 711 

Meden Vale 

99/R21/6 

S.Beet 

 

Mar-Apr 

RR 

 

SK 594 697 

Meden Vale 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

SK 599 705 

Meden Vale 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

 
LINCOLNSHIRE

TF 207 968 

Thorganby 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**<10 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SK 964 910 

Spital in the Street 

00/R33/7 

WORS 

**6 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SK 984 193 

Castle Bytham 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TF 205 988 

Thorgnby 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**14 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TA 013 006 

North Kelsey 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**10 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TF 353 840 

Little Cawthorpe 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**5 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SK 970 581 

Boothby Graffoe 

00/R33/6 

WORS 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

80% destroyed 

TA 261 022 

Brigsley 

00/R33/6 

WORS 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

Crop failed 

TF 198 976 

Croxby 

00/R33/5 

WOSR 

3 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TF 233 878 

Burgh on Bain 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

SK 974 455 

Sudbrook 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 185 410 

Little Hale 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 237 894 

Kelstern 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 356 096 

Throckenholt 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

SK 959 902 

Hemswell Cliff 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

SK 957 909 

Hemswell Cliff 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TA 018 002 

North Kelsey 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TA 018 008 

North Kelsey 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

TF 043 173 

Witham on the Hill 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TF 200 993 

Thornganby 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TF 203 969 

Thorganby 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TF 233 892 

Kelstern 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

SE 778 018 

Low Burnham 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

Damaged 

 
SHROPSHIRE

SJ 603 215 

Ellerdine 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

SJ 410 266 

Bagley 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

SJ 573 384 

Ash Magna 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

SJ 570 384 

Prees Heath 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

SJ 680 265 

Hinstock 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

SJ 603 210 

Rowton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
WORCESTERSHIRE

SP 051 370 

Aston Somerville/Wormington 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**10 ha 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SO 851 745 

Spennells, Kidderminster 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

SO 915 564 

Crowle 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
HEREFORDSHIRE

SO 566 485 

Preston Wynne 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**3 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SO 558 484 

Preston Wynne 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar. 

RR 

 

SO 566 478 

Preston Wynne 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

60% destroyed 

 
WARWICKSHIRE

SP 230 519 

Atherstone-on-Stour 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

failed 

SP 378 597 

Harbury 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

damaged 

SP 147 490 

Long Marston 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**3 ha 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SP 245 488 

Aldminster 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SP 472 759 

Wolston 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

Trial withdrawn 

 
GLOUCESTERSHIRE

SP 060 355 

Laverton/ Stanton 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SP 060 351 

Stanton 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SP 033 364 

Wormington 

00/R33/5 

WOSR 

0.1ha 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SO 711 171 

Blaisdon 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

SO 854 227 

Twigworth 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

SP 052 373 

Aston Somerville 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

SP 055 360 

Wormington 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

SP 152 403 

Chipping Campden 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

 
FLINTSHIRE

SJ 362 678 

Sealand 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
PEMBROKESHIRE

SM 868 307 

Mathry 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

Farmer withdrawn 

SM 871 309 

Mathry 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

Farmer withdrawn 

 
CHESHIRE

SJ 697 859 

Lymm 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**3 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SJ 697 862 

Broomedge 

None 

Maize 

 

April 

LL 

 

SJ 619 473 

Aston 

None 

Maize 

 

April 

LL 

 

 
CAMBRIDGESHIRE

TL 075 003 

Thornhaugh 

01/R4/10 

Potato 

500m2 GM within 1000m2 

Mar 

AS 

Under review 

TL 349 619 

Boxworth 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**4 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

Jul-Sept 

LL SL 

TL 229 772 

Abbots Rippon 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Sep 

 

100% destroyed 

TL 434 622 

Girton 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Sep 

LL SL 

100% destroyed 

TL 432 615 

Girton 

98/R20/2 

SOSR 

 

Mar 

LL or RR 

 

TL 438 608 

Girton 

98/R20/2 

SOSR 

 

Mar 

LL or RR 

 

TL 435 623 

Histon 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

100% destroyed 

TL 433 630 

Histon 

00/R20/4 

Potato 

100m2 

Apr. 

AS & NR 

 

TL 434 603 

Cambridge 

01/R4/11 

Potato 

 

Mar 

NR 

Under review 

TL 436 607 

Cambridge 

00/R20/5 

S.Beet 

2ha within 5ha site 

April 

LL or RR 

 

TL 392 428 

Melbourn 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TL 393 428 

Melbourn 

00/R33/5 

WOSR 

10ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TL 603 957 

Ten Mile Bank 

99/R32/1 

S/F.Beet 

<2 ha 

 

RR 

 

TL 313 859 

Ramsey 

99/R32/1 

S/F.Beet 

<2 ha 

 

RR 

 

TF 891 255 

Ramsey Forty Foot 

98/R22/12 

S.Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-May 

RR 

 

TF 407 061 

Wisbech St Mary 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TL 318 904 

Benwick 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

 
NORFOLK

TF 945 249 

Horningtoft/ Gately 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TM 078 877 

Banham 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**4 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TM 051 997 or 051 998 

Morley 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

Crop failed 

TG 065 001 

Morley 

98/R20/2 

SOSR 

 

Mar 

LL or RR 

 

TG 065 002 

Morley 

98/R20/3 

S.Beet 

3.5 ha GM within 5.7 ha site 

Mar 

LL or RR 

 

TG 179 076 

Colney 

01/R29/3 

S.Barely 

30m2 

Feb. 

 

 

TM 062 996 

Deopham 

99/R32/1 

S/F.Beet 

< 2 ha 

 

RR 

 

TF 828 408 

Burnham Market 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 842 248 

West Raynham 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 891 255 

East Raynham 

98/R22/12 

S.Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-May 

RR 

 

TF 886 273 

Toftrees 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 950 086 

Bradenham 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TG 374 133 

Pilson Green 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TM 065 898 

Banham 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TF 852 238 

Weasenham St Peter 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TF 942 248 

Hornington & Gateley 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TM 065 895 

Banham 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TM 102 873 

Winfarthing 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TM 106 873 

Winfarthing 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

TG 089 169 

Lyng 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

TG 092 175 

Lyng 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

TM 068 897 

Banham 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

TG 031 134 

North Tuddenham 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
SUFFOLK

TL 755 658 

Higham 

98/R20/2 

SOSR 

 

Mar. 

LL or RR 

 

TL 755 658 

IACR Brooms Bran, Higham 

98/R20/3 

S.Beet 

4.9 ha GM within 5.7ha site 

Mar. 

LL or RR 

 

TL 755 655 

Higham 

99/R32/1 

S/F.Beet 

<2 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TL 753 657 

Higham 

98/R22/12 

S.Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-May 

RR 

 

TL 760 658 

Higham 

99/R22/16 

S.Beet 

2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

 
ESSEX

TL 694 247 

Great Saling 

00/R33/5 

WOSR 

*0.1 ha 

Aug-Set 

LL SL 

Site not found 

TM 051 221 

Wivenhoe 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

10% destroyed 

TM 056 221 

Alresford 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

95% destroyed 

 
HERTFORDSHIRE

TL 055 103 

Piccots End 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TL 054 104 

Piccots End 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TL 066 114 

Piccotts End 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

TL 052 105 

Piccots End 

00/R33/5 

WOSR 

0.5 ha 

Aug-Oct 

LL SL 

70% destroyed 

TL 423 234 

Albury 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

TL 110 129 

Redbourn 

99/R22/17 

F.Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

RR 

 

TL 105 132 

Redbourn 

98/R20/2 

SOSR 

 

Mar 

LL or RR 

 

 
LEICESTERSHIRE

SK 546 156 

Woodhouse 

00/R33/7 

WOSR 

**5 ha 

Aug.-Sep 

LL SL 

 

SK 755 134 

Great Dalby 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

 
OXFORDSHIRE

SU 377 977 

Hinton Waldhurst 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
BERKSHIRE

SU 876 738 

Jealott's Hill 

01/R34/01 

Potato 

5 trials within 140x90m 

Apr 

 

 

SU 874 738 

Jealott's Hill 

01/R34/01 

Potato 

1 trial within 25x30m 

Apr 

 

70% destroyed 

SU 748 692 

Shinfield 

None 

Maize 

 

April 

LL 

20% destroyed 

 
DORSET

SY 672 866 

Winterbourne Monkton 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

SY 653 849 

Upwey 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

SY 675 847 

Upwey 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

SY 681 836 

Upwey 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

SY 680 822 

Broadwey 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

LL 

 

 
KENT

TQ 887 393 

High Halden 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

 

 
EAST SUSSEX

TQ 525 168 

East Hoathley 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**<15 ha 

April 

LL SL 

Farmer withdrew 

 
 

Key:

Grid Ref
Grid references, four number refs will be updated to six number refs when information is available
Farm Address
Grouped by county. Addresses of farms hosting test sites are no longer made public, only the parish names are supplied. Over time we hope to fill in the addresses. If you can help with this please us.
Company

Aventis= formerly known as AgrEvo. AgrEvo's German parent company Hoescht have merged with Rhone-Poulenc to create Aventis.
Advanta= Seed company owned by Astra-Zeneca
Adv. Tech= Advanced Technologies, based in Cambridge
SAC
= Scottish Agricultural College
NIAB= National Institute of Agricultural Botany
IACR= Institute of Arable Crop Research
IVEM= Oxford University's Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology.
SCRI
= Scottish Crop Research Institute
GMO Ref
quote this reference when in communication with the government's Biotech Unit; there is a dossier of information available on each of these tests from them.
Crop
WOSR
= Winter oil seed rape, SOSR= Spring oil seed rape, S Beet= Sugar Beet, F Beet= Fodder Beet, F Maize= Fodder Maize, S Wheat= Spring Wheat.

Area
Maximum area of test crop in hectares.
* = National Seed List - site size is 'per variety'
**= government sponsored "Farm Scale Trials", all are the split field design, half the field is GE and half is a non-GE, and there is a non-GE border crop. Except where stated, these are up to 10 hectares in size, more exact areas may be available soon.

Traits
RR= "Roundup Ready" Resistant to Monsanto's patented broad-spectrum herbicide, active ingredient glyphosate.
LL= "Liberty Link" Resistant to Aventis' patented broad-spectrum herbicide glufosinate ammonium, sold as Liberty.
SL= Aventis' patented system for producing oil seed rape hybrids by using genetically engineered male sterility.
SP= Astra-Zeneca's "switchable promoter" allows genes to be switched on and off, dubbed "Traitor Technology".
SFR=Switchable fungal resistance genes, an application of Traitor Technology
AB= GM Crops known to contain antibiotic resistance marker genes.
DR =Disease Resistant
AS= Altered starch and sugar content.
AP= Altered proteins
HL= High Laurate acid content
RA
= Resistant to Asulam herbicide.
NR= Resistance to nematodes, microscopic soil creatures.
CM= Cauliflower Mosiac Virus (CamV) used as a vector in GE process.
PS= Oil seed rape engineered to have reduced pod shatter.
BV= This organism is a GE baculovirus, an insect attacking virus made more deadly, tested for use as an insecticide (sprayed on plants).
Status
Destroyed= Test site destroyed by public
Damaged= Test site damaged by public
Abandoned= Trial abandoned by company due to crop failure or damage by public

(VCU)= National Seed Listing Trial for Value for Cultivation and Use
(DUS)= National Seed Listing Trial for Distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability

 

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