Farms in or adjacent to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) could be in line for some serious cash prizes.
The Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards is open again for 2015, with the AONB Unit seeking nominations from farms that make an outstanding contribution, in any shape or form, to conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the Wye Valley AONB.
Nick Critchley, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer said ‘Farms can be nominated for all sorts of reasons, they may demonstrate excellent examples of building restoration or conservation of drystone walls, care for wildlife habitats, conserve rare breeds or contribute to community life. We just want to hear about those examples of great farming practice that enhance the outstanding landscape of the AONB’.
With a first prize of £400, plus cash prizes for second and third place, the Wye Valley AONB Unit hopes that there will be a good take-up for this year’s competition from the farming community. The winning farm will also take home the Wye Valley AONB Farming Award Trophy, designed by Forest of Dean ironwork sculptor and blacksmith Steve Bluett. This will be presented to the winner at the Monmouthshire Show on Thursday August 27th.
Last years winner, Severndale Farm, farmed by our member Lyndon Edwards, ran a hugely successful Open Farm Sunday event on June 7th attracting 800 people, showing visitors their organic farm and the excellent community initiatives which impressed the judges in 2014.
Entries for this year’s awards need to be sent to the AONB by the deadline of Monday, June 29th. Nominations need to be written up on no more than a single side of A4 paper, explaining why you think your farm has made a special contribution and including your name, address, telephone number and email details. Please send to AONB Farming Awards, FREEPOST SWC 4106, Monmouth NP25 3ZZ.
For more information on how to enter contact Nick Critchley, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer Tel: 01600 710841, email firstname.lastname@example.org