Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards

Investigating pond life at last year’s Open Farm Sunday on Gadr Farm
Investigating pond life at last year’s Open Farm Sunday on Gadr Farm

Significant cash prizes are on offer in the popular annual Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Farming Awards 2011.

This year’s competition is directed at small farms under 100 hectares/ 247 acres and the winning farm will secure the £500 cash prize plus vouchers for Harold Johns Ltd and the Farming Awards Trophy with prizes awarded to second and third places. 

Judges, Alan Morgan, Gadr Farm 2009 Farming Awards winner, David Price National Farmers Union Cymru, Mike Williams Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Officer and Andrew Blake Wye Valley AONB Officer will be out and about to look at each farm entry in July and the prizes will be awarded at the Monmouthshire Show Thursday August 25. To be eligible for the competition the farm must be situated within or adjoining the Wye Valley AONB. The management of the land, with reference to the Wye Valley AONB purposes of conserving and enhancing the beauty of the natural landscape and the social and economic needs of local communities will be an important factor in the judging procedure.

Deadline for applications is Friday June 24 so if you are a farmer with under 100 hectares and would like to enter for the award then please contact Nikki Moore on 01600 710846 or email information@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk for further information and an entry form or you can download the entry form from the website http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk.

There will also be an opportunity to visit last year’s Farming Awards winner, Gareth Williams, Caplor Farm, Fownhope, Herefordshire at our family event  in conjunction with the national scheme Open Farm Sunday on Sunday, June 12 12.00am until 3pm. Bring along a picnic and enjoy a free fun day which will give families the chance to get behind the scenes of an award-winning farm and enjoy seeing where our food comes from.

This is one of two Open Farm Sunday events being held in the Wye Valley AONB as John Childs will be opening Cowshill Farm, Hewelsfield to the public.  Cowshill is well known for high quality meat produced from his rare breed. British Lop and Berkshire Pigs and Gloucester Cattle. For further details please log onto www.cowshillfarm.co.uk


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