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LEAF Demonstration Farms

You can learn more about LEAF and its Integrated Farm Management (IFM) by visiting one of LEAF’s nationwide network of Demonstration Farms. 

LEAF farmers host visits for a wide range of groups – from farmers to politicians, teachers to WI groups, so you can see for yourself how IFM can produce affordable food in harmony with the environment.

Please see the map and list below for details on the LEAF Demonstration Farms across the UK and email justine.hunt@leafuk.org to enquire about organising a visit or for more information.

 

 

LEAF Demonstration Farms Searchable List

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Annables Farm

Farmer: Ian Pigott
Address: Thrales End, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 3NS     
Website: www.thralesend.co.uk

Farm Overview: Annables is 400 acre arable farm adjacent to the M1. The farm is home to some of the most important Roman archaeological finds of recent years, as featured in the Time Team Television series.  Using Integrated Farm Management, we follow a traditional rotation of wheat, oilseed rape, oats and spring barley.  We are committed to environmental stewardship in the Higher-level scheme. More information

Bottom Farm

Farmer: Duncan Farrington
Address: Hargrave, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 6BP     
Website: www.farrington-oils.co.uk

Farm Overview: The Farrington family has been farming in Northamptonshire for four generations - managed by father & son, Robert and Duncan Farrington. Bottom Farm is an all arable enterprise growing wheat, rapeseed and spring beans. Additionally, Farrington's Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil range is produced on the farm, giving a genuine field to plate view of food production.  Bottom Farm engages in several environmental measures, from tree and hedge planting, to establishment of wildflower areas.  Adopting modern farming technology, whilst being sympathetic to the environment, are both key to an integrated farming approach to create a long term sustainable business. More information

Carroll's Heritage Potatoes

Farmer: Anthony and Lucy Carroll
Address: Tiptoe Farm, Tiptoe, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4XD     
Website: https://heritage-potatoes.co.uk

Farm Overview: A LEAF Visit around Tiptoe Farm, and the River Till Valley includes hearing all about the wild bird seed mixtures, the woodland and hedgerow projects, explanations of the modern farm machinery and the steps taken to grow the farm’s very own Heritage Potatoes with utmost care for the environment to LEAF Marque standards. We provide plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. The River Till, previously a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is now also designated a Special Area of Conservation. More information

Cold Harbour Farm

Farmer: Paul Hayward
Address: Bishop Burton, Beverley, Humberside, HU17 8JF     
Website: http://www.cold-harbour-farm.co.uk/

Farm Overview: Cold Harbour Farm is a family owned farm located in Bishop Burton focusing on the production of six rotational crops for a range of markets including vining peas for Birds Eye. The 750 acre farm has been in the same family since 1770 with the aims to farm intensively while constantly caring for the environment. Cold Harbour Farm has been a LEAF Demonstration Farm since 1993.  More information

College Farm

Farmer: Ralph Grindling
Address: Russell Smith Farms, Grange Road, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QF   
Website: www.russellsmithfarms.co.uk 

Farm Overview: A 3000 acre family run farming business growing both field vegetables and combinable crops. All crops on the farm are grown using Integrated Crop Management systems. Potatoes and Onions are grown and supplied to a range of major retailers. Crop production methods are both technically advanced and environmentally sensitive. More information.

Crowmarsh Battle Farms Ltd

Farmer: Philip Chamberlain
Address: 84 Preston Crowmarsh, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6SL
Website: www.crowmarshbattlefarms.co.uk 
Twitter: @BattleFarms 

Farm Overview: Crowmarsh Battle Farms Ltd manage 1,300 acres in hand, with a further 2,162 acres farmed under four separate whole-farm contracts. It is an all arable enterprise matching sound rotations with a developing habitat creation scheme. Satellite-guided soil and crop mapping have been pioneered on the farm to help fine tune management decisions. More information.

E J Barker and Sons.

Farmers: Brian and Patrick Barker
Address: Lodge Farm, Westhorpe, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 4TA     
Twitter: @The_Barker_Boys

Farm Overview: E J Barker and Sons is a family owned partnership based at Lodge Farm, Westhorpe in North Suffolk, focusing primarily on the production of high quality arable crops for a range of markets.   The 513 hectare farm is has been run by cousins, Brian and Patrick Barker since 2005; they have brought new energy and ideas to the business, developing and building upon the work of previous generations of Barkers. More information

Elveden Farms

Farmer: Andrew Francis
Address: Elveden Farms Ltd, Elveden, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 3TQ
Website: www.elveden.com

Farm Overview: The Elveden Estate, owned by the Guinness Family since 1984, is set in the heart of East Anglia, on the Norfolk Suffolk border. The estate is one of the largest single farm units in lowland Britain compromising of 9100ha. Of this 9100ha, 50% is farmed, whilst a large proportion is under environmental designation. Economies of scale and a long history of harnessing the latest technology ensure that Elveden stays at the forefront of innovation. The extensive diversification at Elveden presents a great example of this. Elveden is renowned for growing root vegetable and cereal crops. More information

Eric Wall Ltd

Grower: Chris Wall
Address: Eric Wall Ltd, Pollards Nursery, Lake Lane, Barnham, West Sussex, PO22 0AD
Website: www.ericwallnursery.co.uk

Farm Overview: Eric Wall Ltd is one of the largest tomato nurseries in the UK. We are a family run business and have been growing tomatoes in Barnham, near Chichester since 1977. The business ethos is based around quality, commitment to innovation and continual reinvestment, driven by our most important asset – our people. We strive to grow great tasting, top quality tomatoes with environmental care and the principles of Integrated Farm Management help to guide many of our management decisions. We gained LEAF Marque certification in 2004.  More information

Frogmary Green Farm

Farmer: Nick and Claire Bragg
Address: Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5DJ
Website: www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk

Farm Overview: Frogmary Green Farm is set in the heart of the Somerset countryside, on the edge of South Petherton village. The farm is 202ha and the soil type is sandy clay loam. Nick and Claire Bragg have run the Frogmary Green Farm since 1992 and their main ‘crop’ is chickens. High animal welfare and environmental standards run through everything that is done on farm and they are keen to share these values through organised farm tours and visits. They also have a cookery school to further engage people with their food and where it comes from. More information

Gilston Mains

Farmer: Edward Baxter
Address: Leven, Fife, KY8 5QP
Website: http://www.eastneukestates.co.uk/the-estates/gilston-11.aspx

Farm Overview: Gilston is a predominately arable farm on rolling ground in North East Fife. The farm, which is mostly South lying, is reasonably well wooded with plantations and strips laid out for shooting in the 19th Century. Field sizes are around the 30 acre mark with a good network of hedges, stone walls, grass margins, beetle banks and conservation headlands. Good farm practice, managed alongside wildlife and landscape features is evident not just in conserving but also greatly enhancing the biodiversity of the farm. More information.

Great Wollaston Farm

Address: Halfway House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 9DN
Farmer: Robert Kynaston

Farm Overview: Great Wollaston is a 242 acre mixed family farm situated on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, on the English/Welsh border. We grow winter wheat and winter barley for home use with any excess being sold off the farm as well as a mix of peas and spring barley for our herd’s forage. Our dairy herd is 80 strong. The family has farmed Great Wollaston for more than sixty years and conservation has always been a priority but never seen to be in conflict with commercial farming. More information.

Hampden Bottom Farm Ltd

Farmer: Ian Waller
Address: Rignall Road, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9PT

Farm Overview: Hampden Bottom Farm is a 486 hectare farm located in the Chilton Hills, Buckinghamshire where willing wheat, spring field beans and oil seed rape are grown. The protection and enhancement pf environmental features as well combined with a sustainable business is vital for Integrated Farm Management at Hampden Bottom Farm. More information.

High Meadow Farm

Farmer: Nick Tilt
Address: High Meadow Farm, Ashford Carbonel, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4BS

Farm Overview: A 319 acre holding, predominantly arable with a small number of livestock, showing how production and conservation are working in harmony. Visitors can explore the footpaths, discover new areas of woodland, see the hedges being restored and look out for woodpeckers, kingfishers, buzzards and woodcocks which are regular visitors to the farm. More information.

JSR Farms Ltd

Farmer: Philip Huxtable
Address: Southburn, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 9ED
Website: www.jsrfarms.com
Twitter: @JSRFarmingGroup

Farm Overview: JSR Farms Ltd have been farming for over 53 years, and is one of the UK’s largest family farming businesses. Southburn Farm comprises 1,278 acres of arable land and acts as the 'home farm' for the arable business farming 9000 acres across 11 sites in East Yorkshire. On Southburn 2/3rds of the soil is a clay loam and one third a chalky gravel both producing high yields. The farm supports a commercial pig production business. More information.

Leckford Estate

Farmer: Andrew Ferguson
Address: The Estate Office, Leckford, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6DA
Website: www.leckfordestate.co.uk

Farm Overview: The Leckford Estate runs to 4,000 acres, some two miles north of Stockbridge in Hampshire. The Estate is part of the John Lewis Partnership having been purchased by John Spedan Lewis, the founder, in 1929. The Estate incorporates a commercial farm as well as a Farm Shop and Café, Longstock Park Nursery, Longstock Park Water Gardens and other leisure facilities for use by John Lewis Partnership staff. In August 2001, the Estate became part of Waitrose (food stores of the John Lewis Partnership) and the farm produces food for its 300-plus stores either under the Leckford Estate brand or through the Waitrose supply chain. We hold LEAF Marque Certification for our produce. More information

Midloe Grange Farm

Farmer: David Felce
Address: R. C. Felce & Son, Midloe Grange Farm, Rectory Lane, Southoe, Cambridgeshire, PE19 5YD
Website: www.midloegrangefarm.co.uk

Farm Overview: Midloe Grange Farm is 240 acre arable farm where the aim is to maintain the farm's viability by using modern technology to produce the maximum economic yields of premium crops, alongside caring and enhancing the environment. Here David sees Integrated Farm Management as putting a name to the responsible and careful husbandry already practised on many farms and demonstrating this to the wider public. More information.

Morriston Farms

Farmer: Lord David Kennedy and Estate Factor Chris Savage
Address: Culzean, By Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8LB

Farm Overview: A large arable farm, in the heart of livestock country, using minimum tillage techniques to protect soils, while working with the environment to deliver sustainable farming and business operations. More information.

The New Forest Fruit Company Ltd

Farmer: John Boyd & Sandy Booth
Address: Newhouse Farm, Church Lane, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7WS
Website: www.newforestfruit.com

Farm Overview: The New Forest Fruit Company was established in 2008 and is located in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. The focus is on producing high quality fruits over a long season from March to December. More information.

Overbury Enterprises

Farmer: Jake Freestone
Address: Overbury, Nr. Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 7NR
Website: www.overburyenterprises.co.uk
Twitter: @No1FarmerJake

Farm Overview: 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. It forms part of the Overbury Estate which has been in the same family since 1722. Covering 1,538 hectares, it surrounds the picturesque villages of Overbury and Conderton. More information.

Renner Farming

Farmer: John Renner
Address: North Bellshill Farm, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7HP

Farm Overview: North Bellshill and Amerside Hill are mixed farms located between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick, bordering the edge of the spectacular Northumberland National Park. The farms extend to 202 hectares and focus on livestock farming including a herd of Aberdeen Angus suckler cows and Texel and Suffolk ewes. More information.

Silton Manor Farm

Farmer: Keith Harris
Address: Manor Farm, Silton, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5PR

Farm Overview: A 690 acre, family owned farm combining a mainly arable business with cattle and sheep. I am the fourth generation and my wife and I have three sons and a daughter. Harvest and much of the cultivation are done by the family with contractors helping outside school holidays. We are trying to achieve a balance between Dorset’s beautiful varied county of rolling hills and famous vales, a profitable farm, a varied environment where wildlife is encouraged, our family and others can work and play. Time will tell whether we have achieved this. More information.

Hall Farm, Sutton Estates

Farmer: Chris Baylis
Address: Stainton-Le-Vale, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 6HP
Twitter: @BaylisChris

Farm Overview: Hall Farm is situated in the heart of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm is predominantly arable with a herd of Lincoln Red cattle and a “flying” flock of North Country Mule sheep. Amenity woodland and a small commercial shoot are also part of the Estate. The Estate have long held the belief of the key principles of integrated farm management with Hall Farm being involved with environmental schemes since 2000 when they first entered into a Countryside Stewardship agreement followed by Entry Level and Higher Level schemes in 2008. Hall Farm is owned by Sir Richard Sutton Limited. The Sutton family have been landowners for a very long time and ownership of part of the Lincolnshire Estate dates from the 16th Century. More information.

Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd

Grower: Mark Knight
Address: The Old Airfield, City Fields Way, Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2FT
Website: www.tangmere.co.uk   

Farm Overview: Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd is a family business based on the famous Battle of Britain airfield in West Sussex.  We are one of Europe’s largest sweet pepper nurseries growing peppers to LEAF Marque standards, following the principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM). We also have a site in Extremadura, Western Spain, which supplements the British crop in winter to ensure a continuous supply of peppers all year round.  We gained LEAF Marque certification in 2003. More information

Wantisden Hall Farms

Grower: Tim Pratt
Address: Wantisden, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3PQ

Farm Overview: This 1,549 acre farm has been in the Kemball family since 1946. It specialises in the production of field vegetables, grown on contract for a range of packing and processing companies, whom then supply the major supermarkets. Wantisden is currently in both ELS and HLS agreements, including one of the lasrgest areas of medieval pollarded oak woodlands in Europe. As well as the Home Farm, Wantisden also contract farms another 1600 acres in the surrounding area. More information.

Wilkin & Sons Ltd Tiptree

Grower: Chris Newenham
Address: Tiptree, Colchester, Essex CO5 0RF
Website: www.tiptree.com
Twitter: @tiptree

Farm Overview: The Wilkin family have farmed at Tiptree since 1757. The jam making business was founded in 1885 and today makes a range of premium food products including jam, jelly, marmalade, chutney, sauces and Christmas puddings. More information.

Woodhead Farm

Farmer: Hugh Broad
Address: Gifford Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4JL

Farm Overview: Located in East Lothian, Woodhead farm is a 538 acre arable farm, North of the Lammermuir Hills. It is a family run farm where winter wheat, spring malting barley and oil seed rape is produced for a range of markets. More information.

Worth Farms Ltd

Farmer: Simon Day
Address: Fleet Estate, Office Holbeach Hurn, Spalding, PE12 8LR
Website: www.worthfarms.co.uk
Twitter: @Worth_Farms and @simonjeday

Farm Overview: Worth farms is a farming business located on Holbeach Marsh, South Lincolnshire. The 2,300 hectare arable farm is a subsidiary of A H Worth and Company Ltd where the production of potatoes, vining peas, wheat, sugar beet, brassicas, salads and energy crops are grown over an eight year sustainable crop rotation. More information.