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Profile of registrant

Linking Environment And Farming

Identification number in the register: 34120795067-85
Registration date: 23/01/11 18:41:55

The information on this organisation was last modified on 15/01/15 11:50:38
The date of the last annual update was 15/01/15 11:50:38

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Linking Environment And Farming
Acronym: LEAF
Legal status: Registered Company Limited by Guarantee Charity
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Ms  Caroline Drummond
Position: Chief Executive

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Caroline Drummond
Position: Chief Executive

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: LEAF Stoneleigh Park 
Telephone number: (+44) 2476413911
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) develops more sustainable farming systems & encourages a better public understanding & engagement in farming & countryside, through the development & promotion of Integrated Farming (IF). Developing practical management tools to support farmers in changing practices & performance to deliver a more sustainable agriculture, these include the LEAF Sustainability Farming Review, the Green Box monitoring tool & for the market the LEAF Marque, an environmental food assurance scheme. LEAF have an active network of demonstration farms & innovation centres highlighting achievable steps & approaches for farmers to make change in their businesses.
For 20 years LEAF has been active in creating change, encouraging a more whole farm approach through a range of methods, including the development of technical management tools; demonstration farms; markets opportunity & political influence. To deliver a lower impact farming system that is highly productive & socially acceptable, LEAF’s work has been developed & built on ‘tried & tested’ traditional methods & encourages the adoption & development of new technologies. LEAF works collaboratively across the globe & in Europe with EISA (European Initiative for the Sustainable development in Agriculture). LEAF’s work involves the whole food chain, including farmers, environmentalists, retailers & consumers.
IF approaches are helping to enhance ecosystem resilience through participatory processes that engage & empower farmers, strengthen local institutions & create opportunities for new income generation. A true Environmental Management System (EMS), IF provides a framework for farmers to adopt sustainable business solutions. It delivers efficient & profitable production, which is economically viable, socially acceptable & environmentally responsible. IF is geared towards sustaining & optimising the use of all resources on farm, including soil, water, air, staff, machinery, capital & wildlife habitats, landscape & archaeological features. Its successful uptake requires a detailed understanding of the business & an innovative & challenging approach.
The LEAF IF approach has been developed as an efficient, workable system to address economic, environmental, social & welfare issues. It brings together the management practices & decisions across the whole farm in a balanced & considered way. This includes: Organisation & Planning; Soil Management & Fertility; Crop Health & Protection; Pollution control & By-product management; Animal Husbandry; Energy Efficiency & Water Management; Landscape & Nature Conservation; Community Engagement.
Specifically LEAF has looked at understanding what delivers change & focuses its work in the following areas:
Technical knowhow: Through the delivery of IF by developing management tools including the LEAF Sustainability Farming Review, updated annually since 1993 & used by over 1000 farmers each year. A newer development is the LEAF Green Box supporting farmers in monitoring their environmental performance in the field. LEAF also delivers training for farmers, advisors, students & colleges.
Demonstration & Communication: Creating a better understanding, discussion & knowledge through a network of demonstration farms, for farmer:farmer information exchange & farmer: consumer communications. LEAF works with a range of farm types from specialist arable, horticultural & livestock farmers to mixed farms, spread across the UK & representing a wide range of diverse soils, habitats & landscapes. Events on farm & on the LEAF Innovation Centres encourage change & news ideas & solutions, discussions on farm have led to key developments in the industry, such as EIS for pesticides, farm assurance schemes, etc. LEAF runs Open Farm Sunday & this year over 400 farmers took part welcoming over 184,000 members of the public out on to the farms on the one day. LEAF also is running a project which is encouraging a life long love of n
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

providing case studies and evidence of good performance and beneficial farming practices

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Environment
  • External Relations


Total number of members that are natural persons: 3,500
Number of member organisations: 4
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • National Farmers Union (20,000 members)
  • CLA (10,000 members)
  • EISA (15 members)
  • AIC (100 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

EISA (European Initiative for the Sustainable development of Agriculture)

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2013 - 03/2014
Total budget: 702,156
of which public financing: 131,697
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 15,300
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources: 116,397
from other sources: 570,459
- donations: 216,000
- contributions from members: 354,459
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.