Green farmers reap rewards
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