The Lawes Agricultural Trust (“LAT”), established in 1889 by Sir John Bennet Lawes, supports Rothamsted Research’s national and international agricultural scientific research through the provision of land, facilities and funding.
LAT, a charitable trust, owns the estates at Harpenden and Broom’s Barn, including many of the buildings used by Rothamsted Research.
LAT provides an annual research grant to Rothamsted Research’s Institute Director, accommodation for nearly 200 people, and support for fellowships for young scientists from developing countries.
LAT also makes capital grants to help modernise facilities at Rothamsted, and invests in new buildings on campus. LAT is also a shareholder in Rothamsted Enterprises Ltd (REL), providing facilities for national and international businesses in the agri-tech sector and beyond at the Rothamsted Harpenden campus. Facilitating strong links between Rothamsted’s world-leading scientific research capabilities and the commercial world, REL provides state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, flexible laboratory and office space.