Farmer Pat on shortlist for award
A SIXTH generation hill farmer from Glenmalure is among the six farmers shortlisted for the inaugural ‘Farming for Nature Awards’.
Members of the public are being asked to vote for their top pick for the 2018 National ‘Farming for Nature’ Award.
Wicklow’s Pat Dunne has been shortlisted for the awards which are part of a wider independent initiative which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and in their community.
Each of the six candidates has made a short five-minute film which the public are being asked to view before voting for their favourite farmer.
Speaking about Pat, award organiser, Brendan Dunford, said: ‘It’s powerful to witness these farmers tell their unique story, and act as such eloquent spokespeople for nature. Against the backdrop of the progressive decline of hill sheep farming and its associated biodiversity, Pat takes his role as the current ‘keeper’ of the family’s long tradition of hill sheep farming seriously.
‘Pat is also a key figure in the Sustainable Uplands Agriculture-environment Scheme (SUAS) in Wicklow, an ambitious project designed to address the complex agricultural, environmental and socio-economic challenges associated with hill farming in the upland regions of Wicklow and Dublin,’ said Mr Dunford.
A panel of ten judges narrowed the finalists down to six and they have assessed all the shortlisted farmers in detail and rated each one according to a list of agreed criteria. This will account for 40 per cent of the final vote, with the public deciding on the 60 per cent majority of the vote.
You can vote buy visiting www.farmingfornature.ie.
The deadline date for votes is Thursday, October 25 with the winner set to be announced at a special event taking place on Sunday, October 27.
Pat Dunne of Glenmalure.