Time is running out for farming enterprises to enter the Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards competition 2010. A valuable cash prize of £500 is on offer for the winning farm together with the prestigious AONB Farming Awards Trophy. Generous runners up prizes of £200 for 2nd place and £100 for 3rd place are also up for grabs with winners being presented at the Monmouthshire Show on the 26th August. To be eligible farms must be over 100 hectares and situated within or adjoining the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The competition, organised by the AONB, will be seeking a farm that operates as a successful business, providing a full or part-time income for the farmer. An important factor will be management of the land, with reference to the AONB purposes of conserving and enhancing the natural landscape.
Each entry will be visited by Andrew Nixon, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer, prior to initial selection. The short-listed farms will then be judged in July by a team of farming and wildlife experts including the Winner of the 2008 Farm Awards, a National Farmers Union (NFU) representative, a representative from the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Andrew Blake AONB Officer.
Andrew Nixon said “We are delighted to be running our prestigious Farming Awards again in 2010. This year we will focus on the large farms and look forward to rewarding some of the excellent farming practice that we know is operating in the AONB area.”
Entering the competition could not be simpler, to register your farm’s interest send your contact details to Andrew Nixon, AONB Development Officer, telephone no: 01600 710841, email email@example.com. Farm details including name, address, telephone and email details can also be sent by post to AONB Farming Awards, FREEPOST SWC 4106, Monmouth NP25 3ZZ . Deadline for entries is Friday 25th June, 2010.