THE recent appeal for £30,000 for the purchase of the Rothamsted experimental fields has met with a ready response and already £22,000 has been promised. This is due chiefly to the generosity of Mr. Robert McDougall of Cheadle, who has offered £15,000, and the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, which has offered £5,000, on condition that the remaining £10,000 be secured by May 12, when the option on the land expires. Towards this, £1,000 has already been given by Sir Bernard Greenwell, and another £1,000 by other donors. Strenuous efforts are now being made to obtain the remaining £8,000, and all friends of Rothamsted are invited to send subscriptions to the Director, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden. Barclays Bank and the National Provincial Bank have kindly posted the appeal in their rural branches and the National Farmers' Union is asking its branches to help. But the countryside, though sympathetic and appreciative, is not well off, and for much of the £8,000 the Station will have to depend on the generous help of public-spirited men and women who, while recognising the importance of agriculture to the community, are not themselves actually farming. It would be indeed a tragedy if Rothamsted should, after all, lose these fields now that success seems so nearly within reach.