The 2016 Silver Lapwing Award, generously supported by Waitrose for the 8th year running, took place on Thursday 7th July in East Sussex. The event wass kindly hosted by 2015 winner Annie Brown and FWAG South East and the Award was presented by Philip Merricks MBE to the winners Richard and Helen Roderick of Newton Farm, Brecon.
To win this prestigious and longstanding award, a farm has to demonstrate a real commitment to species and habitat conservation and be able to show how they integrate their environmental management in their overall farm business. Understanding and conserving historic aspects of the farm is also important.
In addition, consideration is given to the farm’s approach to conserving natural resources; this includes good soil management, the protection of water quality and efficient use of water and energy. These are all areas that the judges consider on their tour of the competition finalists. 2016 marks the 8th year the awards have been sponsored by Waitrose and the FWAG Association is very grateful for their continued support.
Above:Ashley Cooper of Hill Farm, Guestingthorpe, Essex, the winner of the 2014 FWAG Silver Lapwing Award, standing with representatives from sponsors Waitrose (Heather Jenkins, far left and Duncan Sinclair, far right) and Sir Nicholas Bacon, who hosted the ceremony on his Norfolk Estate.
Above: 2015 winner, Annie Brown, steps up to receive her award.
Above: Annie Brown, (left) the 2015 winner, hands over the prestigious Silver Lapwing award to Richard and Helen Roderick the 2016 winners.