We think all our Fair to Nature farmers are winners for the amazing work they do for wildlife on their farms so it’s great when they are recognised for their achievements. The latest winner is one of our pilot farmers. Robert Law farms on the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex borders and has been a Fair to Nature member since the scheme began in 1985, growing oats for Jordans Cereals and then supplying other Fair to Nature accredited brands as the scheme grew. Robert has recently won the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) East Farm Conservation Award 2016.
Robert is a first generation farmer and since taking over the Hertfordshire farm he has planted over 30km of hedgerows on the land and created areas of new woodland. The farm has flourishing wildflower and wild bird food habitats.
Katie Hilton, Robert’s FWAG East adviser, said, “Robert is a true advocate of wildlife farming and this is evident in the wide range of Stewardship options to be found across his farm, from sensitively grazed chalk grassland slopes to large swathes of pollinator and farmland bird crops”.
Robert, along with two other regional finalists, now goes on the shortlist for FWAGs Silver Lapwing Award, which recognises farmers who go the extra mile to protect and enhance the countryside in which they farm. Good luck Robert!