Competition seeks future farmers

Chris Walton of Peelham Farm, Foulden

Chris Walton of Peelham Farm, Foulden

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Nominations opened for the Future Farming Award 2015 last week.

Judges in the trust-run competition seek to award the £4,000 prize to a Scottish farm or croft that demonstrates new or innovative ideas and methodology in the sustainable production of food or fibre.

Three of the award’s six winners so far have been Borders farmers – Texel breeder Arnold Park, Drinkstone, Hawick (2010); organic farmers Amanda Cayley and Chris and Denise Walton of Peelham Farm, Foulden (2009); and organic producers Heather Anderson and Pete Ritchie, Whitmuir Farm, Lamancha, West Linton (2008).

The award is funded and organised by the Elizabeth Murray Trust and the trust’s Michael Williams said: “Our list of past winners and runners-up highlights outstanding examples of excellence in the Scottish farming industry

“The award seeks to showcase best practice to other farmers and crofters. We are looking for entries that demonstrate new ways in which to secure economic sustainability for their business, while at the same time nurturing the environment for future generations.

“Farmers and crofters from all sectors are eligible to enter.

“If you are someone, or know of someone, who could be a worthy winner, please visit our website for details of how to enter at www.futurefarmingscotland.co.uk”

The award is also supported by The Quality Scotland Foundation (QSF), which promotes management excellence in Scottish industry, and NFU Scotland.