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CEnv Profile | Martin Parsons CEng, CEnv, FIAgrE

Through his many years in engineering industry and agricultural engineering, and a background in farming, Martin is keenly aware that there is an urgent need to do more regarding sustainable land use. Martin’s key areas of interest are the protection of our remaining top soil, and restoration of degraded soils, through valuing soil biology, the associated soil fertility and the resulting biodiversity.

Martin became a CEnv in 2017 as part of a plan to broaden his work from being focused mainly on internal combustion engines, to working more on a genuinely sustainable approach to how we live on planet Earth, and do a better job of looking after our natural capital and biodiversity. As he strove to make sustainable use of natural capital more central to his work, becoming a Chartered Environmentalist complemented Martin’s existing Chartered Engineer and IAgrE Fellow qualifications.

After over thirty-eight years working at Perkins Engines in areas such diesel engine design, performance development, and emission reduction systems, Martin completed an MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation and refocused his career onto a passion for landscape restoration. His work now involves delivering restoration programmes for peatland soils in the fens, and is part of a larger programme of work designed to restore low-lying peatlands. It involves working with land-owners and farmers to deliver reduced greenhouse gas emissions from peat soils, sustainable farming, and an increase in fen biodiversity. Martin notes that obtaining his CEnv qualification was an important part in enabling this career transition.


Profile correct as of December 2023

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