13 August 2021
South West growers urged to showcase their work
GROWERS who carry out any form of conservation work in the South West of England are being invited to take part in a competition aimed at showcasing such work and building stronger relationships between them and the wider community.
FWAG SouthWest’s Farming & Wildlife annual awards, which recognise commercial farms that have successfully combined food production with sustainability, environmental protection and wildlife gains, were put on hold this year, because of COVID-19 uncertainties.
However, in its place for 2021, organisers are holding a different kind of conservation competition; 'A Photo From Your Farm'.
The 2021 competition is now open for entries, and farmers and landowners in the south west can enter. They simply need to send one or two photos taken on the farm and answer a few simple questions.
FWAG SouthWest General Manager, Gary Rumbold, said: "Our annual Conservation Competitions are a fantastic way of celebrating the hard work of farmers across the south west – not only for striving to better their farm businesses, but in their tireless and inspirational care for wildlife and the environment, protecting it for future generations. Although we haven’t been able to host our competitions in the usual format this year, I hope this region-wide photo competition will keep that spark alive and give us another reason to celebrate farming in the south west this summer."
In September a judging panel will pick the winners and the winning photos will be displayed in the upcoming FWAG SW printed members' newsletter, which is posted to more than 1,000 members, friends and partners. One overall regional winner will be crowned and offered the opportunity to host a farm walk later this year (organised by FWAG SW) or a virtual tour depending on government guidance at the time. The winner will also win a £100 Mole Valley voucher.
You don’t need to be a FWAG SouthWest member to enter and any previous competition winners are also welcome to enter. The competition will close on August 31st 2021. For more information click here.