Farmer urges public to support local lamb
‘New Zealand produce will do away with our industry’
A FARMER is urging retailers and shoppers to back British lamb during this current peak season.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and its chairman for Berks, Bucks and Oxon, Ian Waller, are calling for the support.
Mr Waller, who has 250 sheep at Hampden Bottom Farm in Great Missenden, says shops should stock more British lamb.
He said: “They keep bringing in a high number of New Zealand lamb when it is prime lamb season here.
“There are food miles involved in that and it is depressing the lamb market in the UK, it will do away with our industry
CONCERNED: Farmer Ian Waller is calling on retailers and public to back British lamb – the prices for British lamb will go up and stay up.”
The NFU is concerned retailers are failing to promote British lamb, give it pride of place on their shelves and clearly label it for consumers to see.
The farmers’ union is encouraging members who feel retailers are not backing the British product to tweet pictures of the stores, along with the hashtag #BackBritishFarming.
The NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said this has been an ‘excellent’ growing season for lamb.
He said: “I believe I speak for all livestock farmers when I say that I am bitterly disappointed to see that, at a time of year when there is an ample supply of fresh, tender and delicious new season lamb available, some retailers are failing to live up to their commitments to support British farming.
“We want to see our world leading British lamb promoted in its peak season.
“Morrison’s has been leading the way on backing British farmers, and we applaud them for their commitment to stock 100 per cent British lamb all year round for their own-label products.
“Buying Red Tractor fresh British lamb means buying a safe, assured, traceable product that helps maintain the iconic British landscape.”
Mr Sercombe believes the British lamb market has a ‘bright’ future. He says more farmers will invest into the market if retailers show more confidence promoting the product.
Do you make an effort to buy British products, or serve only food and drink produced locally? Email our letters page at bucksnews@trinitysouth. co.uk. VOLUNTEERS will be thanked for their work supporting older people in their communities.
Buckinghamshire County Council has joined with charity Spice to issue Time Credits, a community currency operated by Spice across England and Wales.
People earn Time Credits by giving time to their communities or local services.
For each hour they receive a Time Credit which they can then spend on one hour of activity such as use of the local leisure centre or theatre, including the Wycombe Swan, or national attractions like the Tower of London.
In Buckinghamshire, Time Credits are supporting Prevention Matters, a partnership programme that helps older people continue living independently in their communities.
Volunteers can earn credits for supporting activities for older people, such as befriending, volunteer driving or running interest groups.
Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing Patricia Birchley said: “We are very pleased that Time Credits will be encouraging more people to give time to support older people in Buckinghamshire as part of the Prevention Matters programme, and enabling these volunteers to access a wide range of activities in return.”
Head of health and social care at Spice David Russell said: “By giving their time so generously, local people are really making a difference for older members of the community, and developing new skills and making friends in the process. This could be by volunteering in a local community group, befriending an older person or delivering a service such as a lunch club.”
There will be a launch event on September 24, from 9-11.30am at the Wycombe Swan Theatre. To attend call Deborah McLean-Thorne on 07429 436 860 or email deborah mclean-thorne@ justaddspice.org.
Patricia Birchley, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing