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LEAF Innovation Centres

LEAF Innovation Centres are research organisations whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of Integrated Farm Management.

They 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.

LEAF Innovation Centres

Below is an overview of our LEAF Innovation Centres. For further information on any of these LEAF Innovation Centres please call LEAF on 024 76413 911 or visit the website links below:


Bangor University


Location: Gwynedd
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.    Click here for further information

Bayer CropScience


Location: Cambridgeshire
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.  Click here for further information.


Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust


Location: Leicestershire
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. Click here for further information.


Harper Adams University


Location: Shropshire
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.  Click here for further information.


James Hutton Institute


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. Click here for further information.


Rothamsted Research North Wyke


Location: Devon
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. Click here for further information.


Royal Agricultural University


Location: Gloucestershire
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. Click here for further information.




Location: Dumfries and Galloway
Critchton Royal Farm is one of SRUC’s six research farms. The research farms provide research, education and knowledge transfer resources linked primarily to the SRUC’s applied research programme. Critchton Royal 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. Click here for further information.


Stockbridge Technology Centre


Location: Yorkshire
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. Click here for further information.