CLA highlights rural success at the South of England Show
Two top rural awards were presented on the CLA stand at the South of England Show on Thursday 7 June.
Show President, Mrs James Teacher presented the Woodpecker Trophy, donated by Paul Cobb and Prim Duplessis of the disbanded Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), to Chris Passmore and Hugh Passmore of Applesham Farm, Coombes, Lancing, for making an "outstanding contribution to the environment in Sussex".
Prim Duplessis said: "Applesham Farm is an exemplar of whole farm conservation and integrated farm management – the essence of the FWAG ethos. The farming system makes the best of the land whilst giving something back hence Applesham Farm can run its sheep, cattle and combinable crops system successfully whilst providing habitat for corn bunting, grey partridge, brown hares and the very rare round headed rampion which is of course the pride of Sussex."
Chris Passmore and Hugh Passmore said they were "delighted" to be given the Woodpecker Trophy, at the show at Ardingly, West Sussex. Chris' nephew Hugh who is joint owner of the Downland mixed farm, said: "Our family has farmed for over 100 years. We enjoy seeing the wildlife on the farm which is a testament to our farming methods. We are constantly striving to encourage the biodiversity and are pleased to be rewarded for our efforts."
The Vice President of Sussex Young Farmers' Club, Mary Masters presented the CLA Rose Bowl which went to Kate Anderson for her outstanding contribution to the Sussex Young Farmers' Club.
Kate Anderson said: "To be voted Sussex Young Farmers' Club member of the year is a real honour. I would like to thank all our members for their support. The Young Farmers' Club is going from strength to strength and I look forward to many more successful years."
Before the presentations, Leo Hickish spoke about recent CLA lobbying successes: "The CLA protects the right for you to run your business and make a profit from your land despite the challenging economic environment that we find ourselves in."
The CLA stand was also visited by MP Richard Benyon earlier in the day who showed a keen interest in the work of the CLA South East team.
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