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Terms and Conditions of Payment

LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) is a registered charity. We accept payment online via our secure payment provider Worldpay, or alternatively by cheque or bank payment.

If you have paid online and would like to cancel your charity membership within the first 28 days please contact [email protected] or call 024 7641 3911. We will refund your payment less a 50p administration charge.

If you would like to cancel your charity membership after the first 28 days then please provide written notice to:

Stoneleigh Park

We are unfortunately not able to provide refunds for any remaining portion of your annual subscription but we will make sure you do not receive any annual renewal notices for future subscriptions.

If you have any other questions about LEAF membership or our payment policy please contact the LEAF office.

Structure of LEAF Charity Membership and LEAF Marque Certification

LEAF Charity Memberships and LEAF Marque certificates are set on an annual basis.

A LEAF charity membership and LEAF Marque certificate will cover all enterprises / crops that are grown by the legal entity[1] and include a defined area[2] of land or parcels of land (this includes rented land) managed by the legal entity.

The Charity membership and legal entity is described as the "Company".

Individual Farm Membership

Where, and in most cases, the "Company" farms an area of land in one block or locality, the LEAF Charity membership and LEAF Marque certificate is straight forward. The LEAF Charity membership fee is based on the area of land and the LEAF Marque certificate is issued for all the enterprises and crops on this land.

"Companies" With Multiple Production Facilities And/Or Enterprises

This is where "Companies" are managed as an integrated business and resources (i.e. land, management expertise, labour, inputs and outputs) are exchanged on a daily basis. These production facilities must be included in the scope of a single LEAF charity membership and LEAF Marque certificate.

"Companies" With Multiple Production Facilities (Farms and Land Parcels) That Are Managed Separately

This is where resources (i.e. land, management expertise, labour, inputs and outputs) are not exchanged between production facilities on a daily basis. Each production facility or farm must have a separate LEAF charity membership and LEAF Marque certificate. The "Company" Name used to describe the production must include the "Company" Name and a unique identification i.e. farm name or location. (This does not include Producer organisations that are LEAF Producer Groups and GlobalGap Option 2 groups, see description of LEAF Producer Groups).

Note: a LEAF charity member and LEAF Marque certificate is non transferable to another "Company" who may be producing crops from the same land as an existing LEAF charity member who holds a LEAF Marque certificate.

In all instances, a LEAF Marque Certificate is linked to a unique LEAF Charity membership and is described as the "Company".

LEAF Producer Group

A LEAF Producer Group membership is a group of producers (with their respective production locations) seeking to be LEAF Members and LEAF Marque certified. The structure of the LEAF Producer Group must enable the application of a Quality Management System across the whole group. The Quality Management System (QMS) in place must be sufficiently robust to ensure (and to demonstrate through audits) that the group’s registered producer members/production locations comply in a uniform manner with the LEAF Marque standard requirements. The LEAF Producer Group registered members must be legally responsible for their respective production locations.

The LEAF Producer Group must comply with the requirements set out in "LEAF Marque certification of LEAF Producer Groups - Quality Management system requirements 2009" to qualify for LEAF Producer Group certification.

A LEAF Producer Group is not a multi-site operation where an individual or one organisation owns several production locations or "farms", which in itself are NOT separate legal entities. This type of operation falls under LEAF individual membership and certificates as described above and every production location, farm or site must be inspected and covered under the scope of the certificate.

[1] Legal Entity - defined as the Company that grows farms and produces the crop from the defined area of land. This could be a person (sole trader) a partnership of people, a cooperative, a business, association, corporation, proprietorship, etc., that has legal standing in the eyes of law.

[2] Defined Area - The area of land that is identified as on your farm plan or map