The Palace Leas hay meadow experiment originated as one of a group of long term experiments at Cockle Park Farm. The management of Palace Leas has continued from 1896 to the present with only minor modifications.
As well as annual measurement of the yield of hay and frequent analyses of the botanical composition of the sward, there have been many measurements of the soil properties and of the fauna and the microbial population.
A large number of research papers have been published and many other results exist in manuscript form. The plots are in continuing use for research and are available for use by researchers from outside the School.