What are the AONB Farming Awards?
The AONB Farming Awards were first run in 2018 to recognise and celebrate land managers who make an outstanding contribution to conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape. Entries can be from anyone managing land, whether they have applied in previous years or not, and any activity they feel has made an outstanding contribution to the AONB. An entry can be for a wide variety of reasons, such as contributing towards conserving rare animal breeds, supporting the local community or management of wildlife habitats etc. The winner receives a cash prize of £400 and the AONB Farming Award trophy. There are also cash prizes for runners-up. These are awarded in the Countryside Ring at the Monmouthshire Show in July.
To keep things as simple as possible there is no complicated application form. Applicants simply declare an interest in applying, outlining what they consider to be their outstanding contribution, which is followed by a visit from the AONB to discuss the application. The AONB then shortlist entries to be visited by a judging panel which includes the AONB Manager, a farming wildlife expert, an NFU representative and a previous winner of the farming awards.
Previous winners are:
2008 Henry and Esther Rudge, Ballingham Court Farm, Ballingham
2009 Alan Morgan, Gadr Farm, Monmouth
2010 Gareth Williams, Caplor Farm, Fownhope
2011 Mark O'Brien and Liz Vice, Mabley Farm, Woolhope
2012 Henry and Esther Rudge, Ballingham Court Farm, Ballingham
2013 Simon Cutter, Home Farm, Courtfield Estate
2014 Lyndon Edwards, Severndale Farm, Chepstow
2015 Jim and Ann Herbert, Lewstone Farm, nr Whitchurch
2016 Mike Johnson, Broome Farm, Peterstow
2017 Coppett Hill Common Trust, Goodrich
How do I enter the 2018 AONB Farming Awards?
To enter simply send us written informationup to a maximum of one side of A4 explaining what you think has been the outstanding contribution to the AONB. Supporting information such as maps and/or photos can also be supplied but are not essential. Your nomination needs to be sent to the AONB office any time before the deadline of Monday May 21st, to the following address:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Wye Valley AONB, Hadnock Road, Monmouth. NP25 3NG
Based on the information you provide and initial visit, a shortlist will be selected. The judges will then visit the shortlisted entried on early June and the finalists will be invited as our guest to the Monmouthshire Show on Saturday 7th July for the prize giving in the Countryside Ring.
If you would like more information please contact Nick Critchley at email@example.com or on 01600 710841
Esther and Henry Rudge, of Ballingham Court Farm, have been presented with the Wye Valley AONB Farming Award trophy for the third time, at the Monmoouthshire Show.