A Suffolk farmer, Edward Flatt, has been recognised by the farming and conservation industry for his outstanding efforts to promote good habitat and environmental management on his farm. Edward Flatt of Eastwood Farm received the highly-coveted 2017 ‘Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group National Silver Lapwing Award,’ which is now in its 40th year at an award ceremony . The award, generously sponsored by the Waitrose Farming Partnership for the 9th year, recognises farmers who go the extra mile to protect and enhance the countryside in which they farm. Edward was chosen from a national shortlist of seven farms, each selected for demonstrating outstanding commitment to good environmental practices, alongside the production of high quality food.
The 2017 FWAG Silver Lapwing Award was presented to Edward Flatt by Mike Hedges, Chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee for the National Assembly for Wales, at a ceremony hosted by Richard and Helen Roderick, the 2016 Silver Lapwing winners, at their farm in Brecon, Wales.
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: National Silver Lapwing Award finalists 2017
Above: Edward Flatt, 2017 Silver Lapwing Winner receives his award from Mike Hedges AM. (Left to right – Duncan Sinclair, Agriculture Manager, Waitrose; Mike Hedges, Welsh Assembly Member; Edward Flatt ; Charles Beaumount, Silver Lapwing Judge; Chris Butler, Chair, FWAG Association)
Above: Edward Flatt, 2017 Silver Lapwing Award Winner and Suffolk Farmer
Above: Richard and Helen Roderick, 2016 Silver Lapwing winners and hosts of the 2017 Silver Lapwing award ceremony