At 3Keel our work is rooted in our understanding and experience of the land. From ecological habitats to food security, the functions our landscapes provide don’t stop at field boundaries, so our perspective takes the landscape as a whole - a network of interconnected natural resources and processes. 

We are specialists in multifunctional land use - identifying and achieving a balance of economic, environmental and social benefits through sound management. The landscapes we work with range from public forests and arable fields to high moors and smallholder farms.

Research priorities for UN Global Goals


3Keel partnered with Beechlight to facilitate a 4-day ‘Bellagio’ convening on Lake Como, on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The Rockefeller Foundation. The purpose was to develop an agreed approach for the Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) initiative, a new venture to identify global research and innovation priorities that will enable the satisfaction of the UN Global Goals. 

M&S and WWF-UK landscapes event


3Keel facilitated a one-day workshop in London on Landscape Approaches for WWF-UK and M&S.

WWF-UK landscape approaches

15th February, 2017

On October 18th, 3Keel facilitated a Landscapes Approaches workshop in London for more than 40 representatives from business, NGOs, the public sector and academia. The workshop was convened by WWF-UK and Marks & Spencer and provided a space for participants to explore the theoretical and practical implications of creating landscape-scale solutions to sustainable land use challenges.

The impact of plant pathogens on food security

24th January, 2017

Pathogens are estimated to cause around 12.5% of global crop losses, threatening many commercially and socially valuable crops, such as coffee, cassava, oranges, olives, wheat and rice. 3Keel researcher Sam Royston explores how vulnerable our food systems are to pathogens and how we can increase system resilience. 

A wake-up call for conservation projects

31st March, 2016

New research has questionned the logic that if people living near protected areas (or other important places for wildlife) gain a good income from natural resources, they would place a higher value on the ecosystem, and therefore conserve it.

Defra publishes 3Keel Payments for Ecosystem Services report

20th January, 2016

Defra have published the final reports of a 3rd round of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) pilot studies - one of which was delivered by 3Keel with the Woodland Trust. The project explored the potential for PES on an upland urban fringe estate near Bolton.

Farmland biodiversity - where next for market-based mechanisms?

11th December, 2015

3Keel founding partner Richard Sheane reflects on a decade of public and private sector work to improve the UK's farmland biodiversity - and considers where next for market-based mechanisms.

Natural Capital in the real world

Woodland Trust

3Keel worked in partnership with the Woodland Trust to pilot a novel Payment for Ecosystem Services business model, as part of a wider development programme, funded by Defra (see research reports here).

Using spatial data infrastructure to understand landscapes

4th November, 2015

3Keel researcher Georgina Chandler discusses her Oxford MSc dissertation findings on the gaps and opportunities of using spatial data for managing landscapes.

A decade of change in the food system

#DoBusinessUnusual - behind the scenes of new WRAP report

5th November, 2015

3Keel has been working with WRAP to identify the opportunities and risks facing our food system from farm to fork over the next ten years.

The social benefit of climate adaptation


3Keel was commissioned to quantify the Social Return on Investment of a coastal embankment built in the Badin district of Pakistan to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on the local community.

3Keel event: Who shapes the land?

29th January, 2015

We are pleased to announce the first in our ‘3Keel events’ series, taking place in Oxford in April. We are posing the question: ‘Who shapes the landscape – and why does it matter for keeping Britain in business?’