CLA CELEBRATES RURAL EXCELLENCE IN SUSSEX

11 June 2014

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP presented the CLA Rose Bowl for the Sussex Young Farmer member of the year to Daniel Harris during the South of England Show at Ardingly last week.

The award was presented to Daniel for his commitment and contribution to farming and Young Farmers in Sussex.

Dan, who farms at Windmill Hill in East Sussex, joined Hailsham Young Farmers at the age of 16.  He currently holds the role of Vice Chairman of Sussex County Young Farmers.

Robin Edwards, CLA Director South East said: “Dan sets a fantastic example to young people across Sussex and the south east. As well as managing his own farm and training to become a retained fire-fighter, he plays a hugely valuable role for Young Farmers through his position as county Vice Chairman and also by taking part in stock judging and tug of war competitions.

“We are pleased to recognise Dan’s outstanding contribution to the rural community in Sussex by awarding him the CLA Rose Bowl.”

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “It’s great to see the next generation of farmers doing so well. I hope Daniel’s achievements inspire more young talented people to take up a career in this growing industry, which contributes £9billion to the UK economy and provides 450,000 jobs.”

The Woodpecker Trophy for Conservation was presented by Lord Egremont, President of the South of England Show. The award was made by Prim Duplessis on behalf of the FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group) South East Association.

The winners of the Woodpecker Trophy are Annie Brown (Owner) and David Ellin (Farm Manager) of the BD Harris Farm Trust, for their outstanding work in restoring and increasing levels of biodiversity on Truleigh Hill, West Sussex.

Robin Edwards said: “Annie and David’s work to support farmland birds, small mammals and invertebrates, and plant diversity, is outstanding. Their work is an excellent demonstration that commercial farming and conservation activity go hand in hand, and the benefits can be seen clearly through species flourishing on the farm including Sky Larks, Grey Partridge and Corn Buntings.”