2016 Farming Awards presentation. From left : Councillor Phil Cutter, 2016 Runner up Rob Whittall, Square Farm, Monmouthshire, Judge Andrew Blake AONB Officer, 2016 Winning Farm Mike Johnson, Broome Farm, Herefordshire, Nick Critchley AONB Development Officer.
2017 Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards competition open
Are you managing land in the Wye Valley AONB and helping to conserve and enhance this outstanding landscape? Then the Wye Valley AONB Unit wants to hear from you.
Now in its tenth year, the popular Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Farming Awards celebrate farmers and land managers who are doing outstanding work to conserve and enhance the landscape. The 2017 competition is now open.
The AONB Unit is seeking nominations from farms, community groups, organisations and individuals that make an outstanding contribution, in any shape or form, to conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the Wye Valley AONB. Anyone carrying out work in or adjacent to the Wye Valley AONB is eligible to enter with the possibility of winning £400 for first place, plus cash prizes for runners-up. The winner will also take home the prestigious Wye Valley AONB Farming Award Trophy, designed by Forest of Dean ironwork sculptor and blacksmith Steve Bluett which will be presented to the winner at the Monmouthshire Show on its new date of Saturday July 1st.
Last year’s winner, Mike Johnson from Broome Farm, Peterstow in Herefordshire, demonstrated his outstanding contribution to the Wye Valley landscape with his environmentally minded orchard management, community work and cider production.
This year, the Wye Valley AONB Partnership is widening the scope of the award, to all examples of positive land management. Farming remains central to the Award which supports and celebrates those people managing their land in an environmentally positive way, while continuing to use the land to make a living and/or supporting local community activities.
Nick Critchley, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer said “The tenth year of the Farming Award felt like a great opportunity to widen the scope and encourage entries from not only farms but also other individuals and organisations carrying out fantastic work in our beautiful countryside. We want to find and celebrate the very finest examples of landscape management. Entries can be for all sorts of reasons, they may demonstrate excellent examples of building restoration or conservation of drystone walls, care for wildlife habitats, conserve rare breeds or contribute to community life. We want to hear about those examples of great land management practice that enhance the outstanding landscape of the AONB”.
“The judges will have a tough task this year, considering entries from a variety of sources. They will judge the quality of the management taking place, but also weigh this up against factors such as the need to generate income and environmental and community benefits. We want to celebrate those people doing the best they can, with the means available to them, that make an outstanding contribution to help conserve and enhance the AONB.”
Entries for this year’s awards need to be sent to the AONB by the deadline of Monday, May 15th. Judging will take place during the week beginning May 22nd. Nominations need to be written up on no more than a single side of A4 paper, explaining why you think you have made a special contribution and including your name, address, telephone number and email details. Please send entries to AONB Farming Awards, Wye Valley AONB, FREEPOST SXC4106, Monmouth. NP25 3ZZ or email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact Nick Critchley, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer Tel: 01600 710841
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