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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 2001 and harvested by Autumn 2002

This list was last updated on February 12th 2003. This was the final update.

Click here to see this data in map form.

 

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

Show columns: Grid Ref | Company | Harvest | Traits

 

Farm Address

Gmo Ref

Crop

Area

Sown

Status

 
Aberdeenshire

Rothienorman 

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Rothienorman 

00/R33/11s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Daviot 

00/R33/11s 

WOSR 

**<8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Daviot 

00/R33/11s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Daviot 

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Daviot 

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Daviot 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

**<15ha 

April 

 

Daviot 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

**<15ha 

April 

 

Tillycorthie 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

 

Aug-Oct 

 

Tillycorthie 

00/R33/5s 

WOSR 

 

Aug-Oct 

 

Tillycorthie 

00/R33/6s 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

(VCU Trial) Damaged 

Udny Station 

00/R33/6s 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

(VCU Trial) Damaged 

Tillycorthie 

00/R14/8 

OSR 

1ha GM within 3ha 

Mar-May 

Not Planted 

Tillycorthie 

00/R14/9s 

SOSR 

0.0012 ha 

Oct/Nov 

See key below* 

 
Midlothian

Bilston 

00/R33/6s 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

(VCU Trial) Damaged 

 
Ross-shire

Munlochy 

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

Damaged and 6 bags delivered to DEFRA 

 
Fife

Newport on Tay 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

**<15ha 

April 

damaged and 2 bags delivered to DEFRA 

 
Perth

Invergowie 

00/R23/7 

Potatoes 

<750m2 

Apr-May 

not yet planted still awaiting consent 

 
Cumbria

St Bees 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

 
Tyne and Wear

Near Burdon Village 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

 

 
Durham

Oakenshaw 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Oakenshaw 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**4 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Wycliff with Thorpe 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Hutton Magna 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Wycliff with Thorpe 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**9 ha 

April 

 

Oakenshaw 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

 

 
West Yorkshire

Bramham cum Oglethorpe 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

75% damaged 

Bramham 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

Discontinued 

 
North Yorkshire

Hutton Magna 

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

2 ha 

Aug-Oct 

 

Beadlam 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

San Hutton 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

(DUS Trial) 

 
East Riding of Yorkshire

Howden 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Laxton 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

 

Nunburnholme 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**9 ha 

April 

 

Nafferton 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Nafferton 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**9 ha 

April 

 

Aldbrough 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**4 ha 

April 

 

Aldbrough 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

 
Nottinghamshire

Meden Vale 

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

2 ha 

Aug - Oct 

 

Cuckney/Meden Vale 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Warsop/Meden Vale 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**4 ha 

April 

 

 
Lincolnshire

Thorganby 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Thorganby 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Thorganby 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

(VCU Trial) Decontaminated 

Thorganby 

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

2 ha 

Aug-Oct 

 

Thorganby 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**11 ha 

April 

damaged, 22 bags delivered to DEFRA 

Thorganby 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

North Kelsey 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**14 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

North Kelsey 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**13 ha 

April 

 

North Kelsey 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Spital in the Street 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**10 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Ludford 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Kirkby la Thorpe with Hoplands 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

withdrawn 

Ludford, East Wykeham & Ludford Magna 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

Ludford, East Wykeham & Ludford Magna 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**12 ha 

April 

 

Scambleby & Cawkwell 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Withdrawn 

Hemswell Cliff 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Witham on the Hill 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Ancaster 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Withdrawn 

 
Leicestershire

Burton & Dalby 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**6 ha 

April 

 

 
Worcestershire

Tibberton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Stone 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

 
Shropshire

Whitchurch 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Hordley 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Hordley 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**8 ha 

April 

 

Ercall Magna 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

replaced SJ 505 313, but then withdrawn 

Wem Rural 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

withdrawn for agronomic reasons 

Hinstock 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

 

Hinstock 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**13 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Hinstock 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

damaged, 5 bags delivered to DEFRA 

 
Herefordshire

Felton 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Felton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Felton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

 
Warwickshire

Aldermaston 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Oversown by the Brassica Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and 1 bag delivered to DEFRA 

Long Marston 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

damaged, 1 bag delivered to DEFRA 

 
Gloucestershire

Dumbleton 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Buckland 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Blaisdon 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

Down Hatherley/ Twigworth 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

Westerleigh/ Frampton End 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

Buckland 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

 

Chipping Campden 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

 

Chipping Campden 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

 
Cheshire

Sound 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Lymm 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

damaged 

Lymm 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**5 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

 
Norfolk

Colney 

01/R29/3 

Barley 

30m2 

Feb. 

 

Colkirk 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Colkirk 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

 

Banham 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Winfarthing 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

damaged 

Winfarthing 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

 

Winfarthing 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Burnham Thorpe 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

damaged, delivered to DEFRA 

East Raynham 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

upto 75% damaged and some delivered to DEFRA 

Saham Toney 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

Bradenham 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

upto 75% damaged and some delivered to DEFRA 

Daffy Green 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

Horningtoft 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

upto 75% damaged 

Lyng 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Old Buckenham 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

upto 33% damaged 

 
Essex

Elmstead 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Weeley 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

damaged, delivered to DEFRA 

 
Suffolk

Higham 

98/R22/12 

Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-Apr or Aug-Oct 

upto 66% damaged 

Risby 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

 

 
Hertfordshire

Great Gaddesdon 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Great Gaddesden 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

 

Piccots End 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

(VCU trial) Decontaminated/discontinued? 

Piccotts End 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

1 ha 

Aug-Oct 

 

Piccotts End 

98/19/18 

SOSR 

1 ha 

April 

 

Albury End 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

Crop Failed 

Harpenden 

01/R8/4 

Wheat 

decomtaminated 

 

 

Harpenden 

02/R36/01 

Wheat 

decontaminated 

 

 

 
Oxfordshire

Hinton Waldrist 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Hinton Waldrist 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

damaged, 6 bags delivered to DEFRA 

Hinton Waldrist 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

(VCU Trial) Decontaminated 

 
Berkshire

Jealotts Hill 

02/R34/3 

Wheat 

 

 

 

 
Cambridgeshire

Ramsey Forty Foot 

98/R22/12 

Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-Arp or Aug-Oct 

 

Benwick 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10ha 

Mar 

 

Melbourn 

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

5 ha 

Aug-Oct 

 

Little Shelford 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

1 ha 

April 

 

 
Somerset

East Pennard 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Farmer withdrew 

 
Dorset

Bincombe 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Bincombe 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

Bincombe 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**6 ha 

April 

 

Bincombe 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Bincombe 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Bincombe 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

"Pink Castled" site totally decontaminated and some delivered to DEFRA 

Bincombe 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

site totally decontaminated and some bags delivered to DEFRA 

Over Compton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Ibberton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Turnworth 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

Athelhampton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

 

East Holme 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

withdrawn 

Broadmayne 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

withdrawn on agronomic grounds 

Tincleton 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Farmer Withdrew 

Tincleton 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**8 ha 

April 

Farmer Withdrew 

Hilton 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

extra site to replace SY 708 861 

 
Kent

Ivychurch 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

extra site added 23/4/02 but withdrawn 07/02 

Biddenden 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

 

 
 

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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