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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.


LEAF Technical Day for farmers to be hosted at the Hutton in 2016 - details to follow.

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.

Free online course on soils run by Lancaster University, starting 6 July 2015. For more information see Going Underground: free online course reveals the secret life of soil.

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.

The 2014 Field Campaign recorded and measured crops, soils, invertebrates and other things as part of a major study to investigate the trade offs between yield and environment. We are still processing samples and analysing data. Summary to follow late in 2015. Background is given at the Maritime Croplands web page and here at Leaf-related research.

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.