LEAF
(Linking Environment And Farming)

Lighthouse & Soil Assessment Network

Land use(s)

  • Mixed
  • Farmed land accross the UK and further afield

Successes / outcomes

  • UK network of 40 Demonstration Farms and 11 Innovation Centres
  • Environmental farm assurance scheme operating in 27 countries worldwide
  • LEAF Open/ Online Farm Sunday
  • BASIS accredited training course in Integrated Farm Management

Methods / issues being explored

  • Increased diversity of sward / crops
  • Crop rotation$Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Modification of organic matter inputs
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Precision farming
  • Introduction / management of water bodies
  • Re-use of water / wastes
  • Remediation of land
  • Whole system approach

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Yield
  • Costs
  • Biodiversity
  • Water runoff / flooding
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Social engagment
  • Cultural aspects

Methods of data collection

  • LEAF Sustainable Farming Review
  • Online self-assessment tool

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Food specialists
  • Agri- or forestry industries
  • Academics
  • Advisory services
  • Consultants

Outreach

  • Open days
  • Training courses
  • School visits
  • Events/festivals
  • Social media
  • One-to-one contact
  • Policy engagement

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • Agricology
  • Groundswell
  • Innovative Farmers
  • Leaf
  • AHDB

Website:
https://leafuk.org

Contact:
Lucy Bates
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Other organisations involved:

  • Numerous and diverse

Land use type:

  • Mixed
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