The sustainable use of soil and land resources requires a fundamental understanding of the potential of the land to support different activities. Land evaluation provides a mechanism by which land can be classified to help land planners and managers identify land use options within constraints that might be imposed by the environment. Read more Read less

A number of international and national schemes have been developed (including land capability classification, land suitability classification) and these have been used extensively over many years. Spatial information systems now provide the means by which the outputs from land evaluations can combined with other spatial data to improve land use decision making.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration1 day
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£375 Course fee includes buffet lunch and refreshments. Each participant will receive a certificate on completion of the workshop. Please note there is a maximum of 15 places available. Concessions available

Course structure

Introduced by lecture presentations on land evaluation as a concept, land capability and land suitability classification. Agricultural land classification will be demonstrated using two contrasting soil pits at the Cranfield University Farm. A demonstration of field recording for Agricultural Land Classification will form a significant part of the afternoon activities. Please come equipped for visiting a farmland site with appropriate footwear and clothing.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and select the most appropriate land evaluation technique to apply
  • Identify the range of input data required to undertake the evaluation
  • Manage the process of undertaking a land evaluation
  • Analyse the results of an evaluation in the context of other spatial data.

Core content

  • Land evaluation approaches – land capability, land suitability, with a focus on the Agricultural Land Classification of England and Wales
  • Common data requirements including soil properties, climate parameters, topographic characteristics, land cover/use, hydrology
  • Data integration from field survey into information systems, mapping and reporting of results
  • Communication of the results to policy makers and land managers within the policy context of the UK and EU.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This course does not accrue Cranfield University academic credit points.

AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership (AATP): 12 BASIS points provided workshop is attended in full.

Who should attend

Land planners, land managers and land developers to identify land options within constraints that might be imposed by the environment and planning policy.


  • Mr Tim Brewer - Senior Lecturer
  • Mr Ian Baillie - a soil surveyor with 50 years' experience of soil survey, land evaluation and land use planning in over 20 countries. He is currently active in field soil survey and land evaluation for planning and precision agriculture. He has teaching experience at all levels.


Multiple bookings of more than five people qualify for the rate of £325 plus VAT. Residential accommodation and meals are additional. However, up to 100% of the funding for the tuition fee could be made available to you through the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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