The Beacons of Excellence programme looks to develop peer-to-peer learning and explore the benefits of regenerative agriculture and agroecology. Building on LEAF’s legacy, it will take our work to another level of knowledge generation and exchange. The first year of this programme was kindly funded by the Ashden Trust.
Beginning in 2021, the current Beacons of Excellence programme is focused on regenerative agriculture and agroecology. Twenty two different farms and farming organisations are involved, which include LEAF Demonstration Farms, LEAF Innovation Centres and key players in the sphere of regenerative agriculture.
Through workshops, meetings, farmer support, benchmarking and production of resources such as the table and video below, the programme looks to shine a spotlight on best practice and provide the opportunity for knowledge exchange within the area of regenerative agriculture.
Overbury Farms is an arable and sheep farm set within the Cotswold AONB on the historic slopes of Bredon Hill on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border. Jake Freestone manages the farm and has been awarded the 2021 Farmers Weekly Environment Champion, and Soil Farmer of the year 2020.
In April 2022, Jake hosted the Beacons of Excellence group for a day of discussions centred around the benefits and challenges of regenerative agriculture.
Key regenerative practices at Overbury:
Lockerley Estate is a 1,000 hectare arable and sheep farm with a working forestry enterprise situated in East Tytherley, Hampshire. Craig Livingstone manages the farm and was awarded the Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year and Overall Farmer of the Year in 2018.
Craig hosted the first Beacons of Excellence meeting in November 2021, which explored regenerative practices and outcomes.
Key regenerative practices at Lockerley:
For more information on Beacons of Excellence, please contact Megan Whatty, LEAF Technical Officer, at [email protected]