LEAF expands demo farms

AN EAST Lothian farm has on Tuesday (Oct 19) been added to the list of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) demonstration farms.

The 215ha (537 acre) arable unit near Haddington joins 45 other LEAF demonstration farms across the country.

“Demonstration Farms play a critical role in demonstrating a living and working example of what can be achieved by adopting positive environmental practices,” said Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie.

“They also provide a seeing is believing approach to the public by reconnecting consumers with what they eat and how it is produced – issues at the heart of LEAF.”

This was echoed by the farm‘s owner and manager Hugh Broad.

“Woodhead is an example of an integrated farming system showing how productive farming can coexist with environmental care.”

Conservation activities include a programme of tree and shrub planting, a conservation reservoir and fencing off species-rich banks and verges.

“We look forward to welcoming a range of visitors to the farm to discuss how food is produced and how the land is managed.”

Integrated Farm Management (IFM) is relevant to all farmers, regardless of size, location or type, added Edward Baxter, LEAF Scotland Chairman.