Land Research Ltd is the research and development organisation behind a wide range of projects during the past 45 years. The basic interest, skills and experience are to do with land. However, in recent years, it is that extensive experience that has led to demand from a wide range of industries to advise on how land can be used to support land use in diversification, renewable energy, construction, drilling for re-building the infrastructure of the utilities including electricity, gas, water, sewage and, potentially, oil and shale gas exploration and development. Some of this work is carried out under the CL:AIRE program which allows the movement of material from construction site to construction site not as a waste.This work is often involved with maintaining the agricultural and environmental value of the land for future generations.
Land Research does not attempt to have all possible expertise in house. What we do have is in depth technical knowledge and experience in the areas below, and wide contacts in industry, other technical consultants with global experience covering many aspects of land, and a deep-seated commitment to push the frontiers back and make things happen.
Bill Butterworth B.Sc.Hons (Agricultural Science), The Director, Land Research, has been elected to a wide range of professional bodies including;
1956 Member of Institution of Agricultural Engineers (UK)
1968 Member of the Guild of Agricultural Writers
1968 Member of the International Federation of Agricultural Writers
1969 Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists
1973 Member of Institute of Materials Handling
1977 Member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
1977 Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
1984 Fellow of Institution of Agricultural Engineers (UK)
1984 Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics
1997 Member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management
1998 Chartered Marketer
1999 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport
2001 Member of the Integrated Waste Management Group and Biofuels Group of the Environmental Industries Commission
2004 Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) Member of the Society for the Environment
2005 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
2008 Chartered Logistician
2012 Member of the British Society of Soil Science.
2012 Member of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists.
His career spans half a century of development, innovation and adjustment to the changing face of regulation.
Bill Butterworth remains an agricultural scientist and soil scientist at heart, but it is the way that is applied that is different and sometimes unique. It is that and as a marketing and business consultant that has led him to work widely across the Northern Hemisphere:
- 15 years in higher education as an agricultural engineer and National Supervisor of the post graduate National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering. Later, ending in 1982, he was a lecturer and a tutor in Business Studies, University of South Glamorgan. Overlapping this period, he was, for 21 years, a Moderator at the School of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
- Bill Butterworth as a brand – 15 years as the biggest volume agricultural writer in the world out of which grew a market research and PR company operating for 10 years as marketing and PR consultant to much of the agricultural supply industries especially engineering, chemicals, materials handling, logistics and distribution.
- Direct involvement in decisions in 3,500 companies from ICI, Claas of Germany, JCB, Manitou of France, FDI of France, AGM of Italy, HRM of Israel, JF Fabriken of Denmark, Massey Ferguson of Canada takeover of Dronningberg of Denmark, Farmhand Inc of USA and (as Expert Opinion in patent legal actions) van der Lely BV of Holland, right down through marketing and distribution to farmers and one man moribunds.
- Enterprise Initiative of the DTI (12 years), COI (world-wide) and TACIS (two years in Tajikistan).
- Last 20 years on recycling to land and 15 years as the architect of Land Network, safely recycling a wide range, maybe the widest in the world, of municipal and industrial ‘wastes’. He was probably the first person to describe how the mechanisms of “The Closed Loop” actually work. (Operating a process and not knowing how it works involves an unknowable level of risk.)
- As agricultural consultant in the recycling of drilling wastes on gas pipelines including the LMR, world record-breaking installation of two pipelines from the mainland to the Isle of Wight. Recycling cuttings and spent fluids to proximity land is sometimes lower cost than alternatives but always gets trucks off the road and that is a plus financially, politically and environmentally.