Being a member of LEAF and a Demonstration Farmer has greatly extended my social network! There is a huge amount of good attached to being a LEAF member, be it from a regulatory point of view, research or the contacts you make.
Raising consumer awareness of food and farming is massively important. We host regular visits to the farm and its hugely rewarding to chat to visitors about the farm, hear their views and understand their concerns.
The Three Shires Way runs through the farm – a long distance path which also links into two SSSIs and we’ve put up LEAF notice boards along the path. They really help the local community get a better understanding of what we’re doing on the farm and how we take care of all our environmental features for the benefit of the farm as well as the countryside.