Last year, LEAF members Somerset and Carolyne Charrington were announced winners of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards. LEAF members also came out on top in the regional finals, including our Vice Chairman, Rob Kynaston winning in Shropshire. Kathryn Smith from the RSPB, tells us why and how you can enter this year!
Kathryn Smith is an Agriculture Project Manager with the RSPB, supporting the delivery of free, practical advice and support to farmers across the UK who are stepping up and do their bit for wildlife. The Nature of Farming Award forms just a small part of that – find out more about what’s on offer at www.rspb.org.uk/farming
Calling all wildlife-friendly farmers – stand up and be counted for doing your bit
The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award is the UK’s biggest farm wildlife competition, and a brilliant way to spread the word about the vital work that many farmers are doing for nature. Have you entered the 2012 competition yet? If not, visit our website to download an entry form. But hurry – entry closes on Friday 20 April. If you’re doing your bit for wildlife on your farm, we don’t want you to miss out on your chance for all your hard work to be recognised. Not only is it a great opportunity to showcase the very best of wildlife-friendly farming across the UK to the general public, but you could also win £1,000! Watch our video to hear more about the award from last year’s UK champions, and read profiles of last year’s regional winners and finalists here.
Last year we also introduced a Highly Commended category which means we now get to publicly recognise even more farmers, so why not give it a go?
Each year we ask the public to show support for UK wildlife-friendly farmers by voting for the overall winner. Last year the Award was featured in the national and farming press, national radio, TV, and was tweeted and blogged about by celebrities such as wildlife film maker and presenter, Gordon Buchanan. It gives great farmers a great profile in the mainstream media. The result was 22,000 people taking an interest and voting in 2011, and we’re aiming for even more in 2012.
Could they be voting for you?