The RSPB and the Telegraph newspaper has now launched their search to find the UK’s top nature farmer, with a £1000 prize to the winner. They will be hunting high and low to discover which farmer has, over the last 12 months, done more to nurture threatened countryside wildlife, and you can help find them!
If you think you know someone who deserves to be mentioned in the category, then why not click on the link below to fill in an application for this year’s award. Judges will select up to eight regional finalists, before a panel of expert judges whittle them down to the final four. This year’s panel will consist of –
- RSPB Head of Conservation Manager Nick Droy
- Butterfly Conservation Chief Executive Martin Warren
- Plantlife Chief Executive Victoria Chester
- Countryfile Magazine Fergus Collins
Judging will then be decided by YOU, the British public, as you cast your votes either online, on the phone, or via The Telegraph newspaper. Entries are available until Thursday 18th April 2013, with last years winner being organic farmer Henry Edmunds. His establishment hosted a fantastic array of rare birds, bees and butterflies. He said –
I have witnessed our landscape deteriorate over the last 30 years – birds have disappeared, butterflies have been lost, and ancient grasslands ploughed up. I wanted my farming policies to reverse those trends. To do without wildlife is not an option. We all have a responsibility to maintain it and help it flourish, not sacrifice it for greater commercial yields. We need to step back, look sensibly at the way we farm and try to make it more sustainable and better for the environment in the long run.
With more farmers looking to run not just a profitable business model, but also care for the land and it’s inhabitants, this award is a great way to recognise the fantastic work farmers are doing to help nature. If you know of someone who you think deserves some recognition for their outstanding work, simply click on the link below to download the entry form for this fantastic competition.
If you would like to learn more about the fantastic work of the RSPB, or would even like to purchase one of their great memberships, check out our dedicated charity page for more information on how you can help.