Nominations coming in for Three Counties Farming Awards
Stories of unsung heroes, innovators and those that excel in farming across the Three Counties are being revealed as nominations are submitted for the new Three Counties Farming Awards.
The inaugural awards are being staged by Newsquest and its newspapers across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in a bid to win recognition for the toil and triumphs of the region’s farmers.
Organising the awards is Newsquest’s events director, Sue Griffiths, who says farmers are not good at banging their own drum.
She wants the public to know just how much hard work goes into producing our first class fruit, vegetables and meat. She wants everyone to know about our unsung farming heroes and about all those families and young farmers who often work around the clock to put food on our tables and is calling on members of the public and farmers to send in more entries.
“Our new awards recognise all the effort and hard work of individuals. There is a massive appetite to nominate agricultural friends, family and colleagues and of course farmers can put themselves forwards for one of the awards too,” said Sue.
She added: “Farming is an under-recognised sector. The hard work involved is not always recognised and understood. This is an opportunity to actually praise and acknowledge and give some recognition back.”
Newsquest is working in partnership with the Royal Three Counties Show to stage the awards and is supported by local sponsors, including headline sponsor, Harper Adams University.
Sue and the rest of the magazine’s team will be at the Malvern showground on the evening of Thursday, June 13, the eve of the Royal Three Counties Show where awards in 12 categories will be presented at a gala dinner of delicious local produce.
Categories include sheep, cattle, pig, poultry, fruit/hop and arable farmer of the year, as well as young farmer, farming contractor and farming hero.
Awards will also be presented for the best family-run farm and best farm exhibiting sustainability and diversification.
The evening will also raise funds for farming charity, the Addington Fund, which helps find homes for farming families that have had to leave the industry.
Commenting on the awards, Three Counties head of shows, Diana Walton, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Newsquest and provide a first class facility to host the awards evening and support the charity, the Addington Fund who work tirelessly for the farming community.”
She added: “The awards are important as they recognise that agriculture is a hard industry and people work very hard. Farmers are not always the best at singing their own virtues.”
The awards are also being championed by farming ambassador and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.
“It’s a chance to throw the spotlight on farmers and farm workers who go about their work quietly and diligently. Often they are unsung heroes.
“It’s a brilliant initiative to celebrate farmers’ success in the Three Counties,” he said.
To find out more and submit an entry visit www.herefordtimes.com/awards/tcf/