19 December 1997

Two more go for LEAF

TWO new additions to the list of farms promoting the principles of integrated crop management through the Linking Environment and Farming project take the total number of participating farms to 26.

One of the newcomers, announced last week, specialises in growing exotic vegetables, including fennel and coriander for London wholesale markets and multiple retailers. Laleham Farm, Surrey, is run by Charles Bransden, who farms a total of 90ha (222 acres) inside the M25 motorway.

The other farm is the more conventional 404ha (1000 acre) Manor Farm, Silton, Dorset and Lower Zeals Farm in Wilts. Keith and Sue Harris grow two winter wheats followed by a break crop on the stony brash soils and run 750 ewes.

LEAF chairman David Richardson expects to have 40 LEAF demonstration farms running within the next two years.

&#8226 Turn to p47 for details of concerns surrounding the lack of independent verification of the LEAF audit.