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Farmers Mark O’Brien and Liz Vice faced the glare of the limelight when BBC Countryfile descended upon Monmouthshire Show to record their win in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Farming Awards.
This year’s competition was directed at small farms under 100 hectares/ 247 acres and Mabley Farm, Woolhope secured the winning £500 cash prize plus vouchers donated by Harold Johns Ltd, Catbrook Monmouthshire and the Farming Awards Trophy. Countryfile filmed the Award presentation whilst presenters Matt Baker, Clare Balding and James Wong interviewed the winning farmers and looked at other events throughout the show.
The judges were impressed by Mabley’s unique approach to farming. Liz and Mark had established and extensive organic system supporting a huge range of wildlife whilst enhancing the landscape which included two substantial wooded areas, traditional parkland and haymeadows. Second prize went to Mike Johnson from Broome Farm the well respected cider makers, near Ross on Wye and third to Philip and Daphne Gwilliam (two of our members) from Dryslade Farm, English Bicknor, Gloucestershire.
The Countryfile show is due to be screened on September 11, BBC 1 at 19.30