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Beacons of Excellence

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.

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Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change

Supported by The Linder Foundation, LEAF’s ‘Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change’ project is assisting with the work of 10 farmers who are using nature to mitigate climate change and build resilience on their farms.

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Resilient & Ready

LEAF have teamed up with global crop protection and seed company Corteva Agriscience in the search to develop new LEAF demonstration farmers as emerging leaders in sustainable farming.

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Accelerating & Demonstrating the Journey to Net-Zero

Devel­op­ing five net-zero farms across the four nations and over­seas to demon­strate prac­ti­cal knowl­edge and help farm­ers achieve the Nation­al Farm­ers’ Union tar­get to be net-zero car­bon by 2040.

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We are proud of our ongoing partnerships and collaborations, building connections and strengthening our impact on sustainable farming.

NUE-Leg (Nitro­gen Util­i­sa­tion Effi­cien­cy Legumes) Project

The NUE-Leg project aims to help com­bat the depen­dence of grass­land farm­ing on applied nitro­gen fertilisers.

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Nitro­gen Effi­cient Plants for Cli­mate Smart Arable Crop­ping Sys­tems (NCS)

NCS is a four-year, ground-break­ing indus­try-led research project to sup­port farm­ers in reduc­ing agri­cul­tur­al emis­sions by increas­ing pulse crop­ping in arable rota­tions and sub­sti­tut­ing 50% of import­ed soya meal used in feed with more cli­mate-friend­ly home-grown puls­es and legumes.

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Jor­dans Farm Partnership

The Jor­dans Farm Part­ner­ship is an inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ship between LEAF, The Wildlife Trusts, Jor­dans and The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund to pro­mote sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tice and address rur­al devel­op­ment issues.

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Vitacress Farm Excellence

Vitacress Farm Excel­lence with LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is an out­­­comes-based approach to mea­sur­ing envi­ron­men­tal improve­ments through eco­log­i­cal appraisals and sur­veys, indi­vid­u­al­ly tai­lored con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment plans and bespoke LEAF Sus­tain­able Farm­ing Review Report­ing with KPIs and action plans for con­tin­u­ous improvement.

Hamp­shire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) is proud to part­ner with Vitacress on the Farm Excel­lence pro­gramme in line with their Wilder strat­e­gy to pro­mote sus­tain­able farm­ing and nature’s recov­ery. Arca­di­an Ecol­o­gy and Con­sult­ing is a whol­ly owned sub­sidiary of HIWWT who have worked with Vitacress Farm Excel­lence to pro­vide pro­fes­sion­al eco­log­i­cal and farm advice.

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We also work with a range of partners across Europe, in several ground-breaking, collaborative and transformative projects.


This project is focused on SHOW­CAS­ing syn­er­gies between agri­cul­ture, bio­di­ver­si­ty and Ecosys­tem ser­vices to help farm­ers cap­i­tal­is­ing on native bio­di­ver­si­ty (SHOW­CASE) and is ded­i­cat­ed to the inte­gra­tion of bio­di­ver­si­ty into farm­ing prac­tices. The project aims to deliv­er new insight and inno­v­a­tive tools facil­i­tat­ing the agri­cul­tur­al sector’s tran­si­tion towards more sus­tain­able farm­ing, and thus help meet wider soci­etal needs.

LEAF works on the project along­side the Uni­ver­si­ty of Read­ing and has recruit­ed a range of farm­ers across the UK as part of a Euro­pean wide net­work of Exper­i­men­tal Bio­di­ver­si­ty Areas (EBAs). The farms have tak­en part in a tri­al look­ing at how dif­fer­ent species of cov­er crops dif­fer in their frost tol­er­ance, help­ing to illus­trate the inter­ac­tions between bio­di­ver­si­ty and agri­cul­ture. The project is also explor­ing the incen­tives that effec­tive­ly moti­vate farm­ers to inte­grate bio­di­ver­si­ty prac­tices into pro­duc­tion and strate­gies to encour­age the imple­men­ta­tion of bio­di­ver­si­ty man­age­ment on farms.

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IPM­WORKS is a 4‑year hori­zon 2020 project that aims to pro­mote the adop­tion of Inte­grat­ed Pest Man­age­ment (IPM) strate­gies through an EU-wide net­work of farm­ers. The IPM Net­works con­sist of 5 exist­ing nation­al farm demo net­works and 24 new hubs of demo farms. These net­works will facil­i­tate peer-to-peer knowl­edge shar­ing at a nation­al and EU-lev­el and demon­strate to farm­ers the tan­gi­ble eco­nom­ic and eco­log­i­cal ben­e­fits of adopt­ing IPM strategies.

LEAF play a key role in the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of demon­stra­tion activ­i­ties to sup­port farm­ers in learn­ing about the tech­ni­cal and eco­nom­ic effec­tive­ness of the demon­strat­ed strate­gies and to help to moti­vate farm­ers to apply these strate­gies on their own farms. We also sup­port the devel­op­ment and build­ing of IPM Net­works, dis­sem­i­na­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and train­ing and net­work sus­tain­abil­i­ty. To learn more about the project, vis­it the web­site and pub­li­ca­tions webpage.

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SEAMS (Sus­tain­abil­i­ty in Edu­ca­tion and Agri­cul­ture using Mix­tures) is a four-year project fund­ed by the Esmée Fair­bairn Foun­da­tion, and coor­di­nat­ed by the James Hut­ton Insti­tute. The project aims to devel­op, pro­mote and imple­ment crop species mix­tures as a sus­tain­able crop pro­duc­tion sys­tem for Scot­land and a resource for knowl­edge exchange on food pro­duc­tion, agri­cul­tur­al ecol­o­gy and envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty to a wider audi­ence includ­ing school groups. 

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