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Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)

LEAF brings together thousands of individuals and organisations to deliver a shared vision for the future of farming and food.

LEAF Linking Environment and Farming promotes environmentally responsible farming. LEAF brings together thousands of individuals and organisations to deliver a shared vision for the future of farming and food.

The James Hutton Institute combines activities in its upland and lowland experimental farms to form its LEAF Innovation Centre. The farms offer long term research platforms, dedicated to putting the science of sustainable farming into practice.


Following the successful event in 2014, a second LEAF Technical Day for farmers will be hosted at Balruddery Farm, James Hutton Institute on 9 June 2016. For copies of the flyer and invitation, please see LEAF Technical Day 2016.

The Hutton was represented at the recent LEAF IFM Conference - IFM: A framework for the Future - held at the Dairy, Waddesden Manor, Buckinghamshire on 19 May 2016, at which Innovation Centres and Demonstration farmers presented and discussed their approaches to integrated farming. See Photographs of the day on the LEAF web site. 

The James Hutton institute was successfuly audited on 8 March 2016 as a LEAF Marque producer of potato. Very stringent requirements are needed to fufill the LEAF Marque methods and practice. At the same time, the farm completed the Red Tractor Fresh Produce audit, the Safe Haven audit for potato seed production and the Scottish Quality Cereals audit. Congratulations to Euan and the team - leading by example!

The Institute hosted Open Farm Sunday 2015 on 7 June.  2015 was a record year for Open Farm Sunday in the UK. Check the OFS2015 page for news and information.

2015 is the International Year of Soils (IYS) a UN initiative to be implemented by FAO. The Hutton has a full programme of activities lined up. See more of the objectives on the IYS page.

The Hutton's Glensaugh and Hartwood Farms have joined the Dundee (Mylnefield and Balruddery) Farm's role as a LEAF Innovation Centre. Information to follow. For enquiries contact Euan Caldwell (see below) and see Glensaugh and Hartwood.

Integrated Pest Management at the Institute is increasingly recognised as a major area of strength. Summaries are available at these links: Delivering Sustainable production Systems/IPM and IPM-Weeds. See also the research page for the PDF file on IPM Weeds, further updates and links.

LEAF news

LEAF has attained full membership of ISEAL, the global reference point for sustainability standards. See more on ISEAL at

New IFM videos on Integrated Pest Management, Cover Crops and Filter Fences at the LEAF video library

Integrated Farm Management Bulletin Issue 5 on Energy Efficiency now available from LEAF for LEAF members only. Contains PDF files on reducing energy use, energy efficiency on the farm, innovative forms of energy and carbon footprinting.

LEAF Sustainable food and farming conference at the President's Event 2014, 12 November: reports and presentations from a variety of speakers available at this LEAF News page.

The LEAF Sustainable Farming Review and Guide to Integrated Farm Management has replaced the LEAF audit and the main self-assessment

LEAF pledges commitment to global food security initiative. Information at media release (PDF) of 24 October 2014.

LEAF Driving Sustainability - a review of our impact, achievement and challenge 2013 (2nd Sustainability Report) was launched at Cereals 2014 and can be downloaded Sustainability Report pdf.

Join LEAF's online community through these links and web sites - LinkedIn, LEAF's BlogFacebook, and YouTube. Sign in to LEAF's EBrief. There's also Twitter. And Alice Midmer's Sustainable Soil Management Blog. Wow!!! How do our friends at LEAF do all this - they must be superhuman.

More about our role in LEAF

News and views on farming and the environment

You can find more about LEAF in general and find out how to get involved at the LEAF UK website.

Contact for the Hutton LEAF Innovation Centre: Geoff Squire

Contact for the Hutton LEAF Innovation Centre farms: Euan Caldwell

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.