Green farm­ers reap re­wards

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE - by Mike Ben­nett

Awards for those who look af­ter the land­scape

FARM­ERS who have worked hard to con­serve the coun­try­side could be in line for a £1,000 prize from Ash­ford Cat­tle Show. Since 1857 the an­nual Christ­mas Fat­stock Show at Ash­ford Mar­ket has brought coun­try folk to town to show off their live­stock ex­per­tise to ur­ban­ites. There are awards for those who have grown the best grain or reared the best live­stock. That will all con­tinue this year, but there will also be a con­ser­va­tion award spon­sored by chem­i­cal com­pany Sy­genta and sup­ported by Nat­u­ral Eng­land. As show pres­i­dent two years ago, farmer Richard Wanstall first floated the sug­ges­tion of prizes for landown­ers to en­cour­age them to con­serve the coun­try­side and wel­come the pub­lic to their farms. Now the com­mit­tee are look­ing for en­tries from farm­ers across Kent who have done con­ser­va­tion work, such as cre­at­ing or man­ag­ing habi­tats for wildlife. Mr Wanstall said: “We want to be flooded with en­tries from peo­ple who have done any type of farm con­ser­va­tion work, how­ever large or small.”

Full de­tails and en­try forms are avail­able from show sec­re­tary Mark Clever­don on 01233 502222 or Mr Wanstall on 01233 720215.

Farmer Richard Wanstall, who sug­gested giv­ing prizes to landown­ers for con­ser­va­tion work they have done

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