2008 and 2010 Beautiful Farm Awards winner
2010 East of England Ag Soc Supreme Champion for Countryside Management
2012 East of England Ag Soc Countryside Management Winner for farms 2010 Bayer Biodiversity Award winner
2011 Syngenta Award for Biodiversity Projects.
2012 RSPB Nature of Farming Award
2008 and 2012 Farmers Weekly Awards Runner up.
On the 9th March 2011 Farm Business, in conjunction with New Holland Agriculture, celebrated the 2010/2011 Beautiful Farm Awards on the House of Lords Terrace. Farm Business is proud to support and award those in the farming community who can run a successful business, and care for the environment around them to.
This year we were lucky to see some of the most beautiful farms across the country, not only in glorious sunny pictures but also some taken during the inhospitable snow that hit during the end of last year. Farmer’s had an uphill struggle at that time, to maintain livestock, crops, deliveries and themselves, but like always took on the challenge, and even took the time to photograph the beautiful landscapes on their doorstep.
We celebrated those farms which, whilst working as a business, also work in balance with nature. Some of them utilised nature, selling lavender grown outside their window and honey from their own bees, whilst others devoted sections of their land to nature, planting wildflower meadows to encourage insects and wildlife, and maintaining fences, gates and waterways for the pleasure of all.
The judges were particularly interested in Mr Brown comments about Fairchild’s Lodge: ‘I have always been a great enthusiast of sustainable and profitable farming and as such have geared my business to be both.’ He does this through extensive conservation work, and teaching future generations about the role of farming and British agriculture, and has been awarded the status of Chartered Environmentalist through showing a real commitment and understanding of what sustainability means.
Fairchild’s has taken 15 hectares of land out of production in order to encourage insect and wildlife growth, as well as erecting six owl boxes and 50 sparrow boxes. In 2004 they planted a 3 hectare Community Woodland with the help of local school children and scouts. The trees are all indigenous, and the children we taught about the planning behind planting.
He says: ‘I want to get the message across to everybody that farmers are an essential to keeping the countryside looking the way it does. I also want to get more children interested in agriculture.’
Winner – Mackie’s of Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North
Winner – Mackie’s of Scotland, Aberdeenshire Highly Commended- Ardalanish Organic Farm, Isle of Mull Commended- Beal Farm, Northumberland Commended- 64 Molenan Road, Londonderry Midlands
Winner – Fairchild’s Lodge, Market Harborough Highly Commended- Redlands Farm, Oxfordshire West and South West
Winner – Lower Pertwood Organic Farm, Somerset Highly Commended – Peradon Organic Farm, Devon Commended- Hindon Organic Farm, Somerset Commended- Lower Bowden Farm, Somerset South and South East
Winner – Castle Farm, Kent Highly Commended.- Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, Suffolk Commended- Blythburgh Free Range Pork, Suffolk Commended- Home Farm (Nacton), Suffolk
See the March 11th edition of Farm Business for more coverage of the winners and www.farmbusiness.cc for pictures from the day.
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Congratulations for your well deserved award, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for you in 2011.