Sir George Stapledon had a profound impact on grassland research and practice in Britain and through the world in the mid part of the 20th Century. He was Director of the Welsh Plant Breeding Station, responsible for founding the Grassland Research Institute and the first President of the British Grassland Society. He developed the concept of ley farming and highlighted the importance of grassland in the whole rural economy.
The Stapledon Memorial Trust was established in 1962 from donations made following the death of Sir George in 1960. It provides awards to both individuals and organisations on all aspects of grassland use including the production, amenity, social, economic and environmental implications.
A history of the first 50 years of the Trust compiled by former Chairman Professor R.J. Wilkins, summarizes its origins, outcomes, awards and contributions to the Trust’s work over this period.