A long-serving Kent gamekeeper has received a special award from the CLA.
Peter Clarke of the Fredville Estate, Nonington has become one of just a handful of gamekeepers from throughout the country to earn a CLA Long Service Medal in recognition of 50 years' service to the profession.
Peter started as an under keeper in Leigh before moving on to an estate in Essex. In 1962 he returned to Kent to work on the Fredville Estate for the Plumptre family. He originally intended to stay for just three years before moving on to become a head keeper elsewhere but he decided to stay and now, 50 years later, is still working on the same estate for the same family.
Peter was nominated for his award by Fredville Estate owner, John Plumptre, who said: "I am delighted that Peter has been honoured with this award in recognition of his wonderful, loyal service to my family over the last 50 years."
Commenting on his award, Peter said: "I feel very honoured to be presented with this award and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Plumptre and his late father for their support through the ups and downs of life over the last 50 years."
The award was presented to Peter by CLA President Harry Cotterell at The CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire.
Harry Cotterell said: "Peter has put decades of sterling service into the countryside and is a credit to his estate and local community for the role he plays in contributing to the rural economy and looking after the beautiful Kent countryside."