LEAF Innovation Centres are research organisations whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of Integrated Farm Management.
LEAF Innovation Centres investigate and communicate practices which underpin the continual improvement of the Integrated Farm Management approach to help deliver more sustainable food and farming.
The network of LEAF Innovation Centres includes a range of organisation across the UK. They work alongside the LEAF Demonstration Farms and are key to the development of LEAF.
LEAF Innovation Centres are research establishments with strong links to LEAF. Through hosting visits, doing talks, writing articles and contributing to LEAF’s technical resources they play a critical role in one of LEAF’s core activities: facilitating sustainable farming knowledge generation and exchange.
Henfaes Research Centre is Bangor University’s research farm, located in Abergwyngregyn – about seven miles from Bangor, and totals an area of 258 hectares. The land at Henfaes extends from sea-level to amongst the highest land in Snowdonia, all on one farm. This diversity allows for research into lowland agriculture as well as upland systems and, through their role as a LEAF Innovation Centre, brings crucial information on the role and development of Integrated Farm Management in livestock systems.
Bayer CropScience has two field stations in the UK where some of their development and research is based. These farms, combined with extensive expertise within Bayer CropScience are a LEAF Innovation Centre.
The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR), University of Reading, is located at Hall Farm, Arborfield, and was established in 1992. A unique state of the art research facility for applied and strategic research; CEDAR specialises in researching the environmental impacts of milk and meat production. Key research themes include sustainable forages for livestock systems, dairy cow digestion and nutrition, milk composition and consumer health.
The Allerton Project was established in 1992 in line with the will of Lord & Lady Allerton. With the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust as a partner, the Allerton’s bequeathed farm estate would be used as a foundation from which to realise the aims of the Project as set out in the deeds: To advance public education in, and conduct research in, differing farming methods and the effects thereof on the environment & wildlife, and to disseminate the useful results of such research. The Allerton Project and LEAF have worked together in many ways since then to deliver these goals.
Harper Adams University provides high quality higher education as well as carrying out high class agricultural research. Members of the University staff have worked with LEAF for more than 20 years in support of LEAF’s promotion of Integrated Farm Management.
Location: Aberdeen and Dundee
The James Hutton Institute encompasses a distinctive range of integrated, world-class strengths in land, crop, water, environmental and socio-economic science. It undertakes research for customers including the Scottish and UK Governments, the EU and other organisations worldwide.
Based at East Malling in Kent, NIAB EMR is an internationally renowned plant science organisation conducting research on horticultural crops and their interactions with the environment, with particular emphasis on perennial and clonally propagated fruit crops.
Rothamsted Research North Wyke, located near Okehampton in Devon, is a 250ha grassland research centre that is part of a network of LEAF Innovation Centres whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of Integrated Farm Management.
The Royal Agricultural University is set in the heart of the Cotswold countryside and is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy in agriculture and the rural environment.
Location: Dumfries and Galloway & Scottish Highlands
SRUC’s six research farms provide research, education and knowledge transfer resources linked primarily to the SRUC’s applied research programme. Critchton Royal Farm (Dumfries and Galloway) is the centre for dairy research and its main aim is to develop, implement and provide information from sustainable breeding and management systems for dairy cattle. The Hill & Mountain Research Centre, with its team of systems-scale researchers, is based at Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms in the Scottish Highlands. The size (c. 2,200 ha), altitudinal range (from 170 m to over 1,000 m) and wide range of inbye grassland and other upland moorland and woodland habitats characteristic of hill farming and crofting make these farms unique within both SRUC’s portfolio of research, demonstration and teaching farm facilities.
The Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) was launched in April 2001 to ensure continued technological developments for the horticultural industry. This grower-led initiative has created an independent horticultural centre of excellence supported by both the production and supply sectors of the industry.