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CFE celebrates 10-year anniversary with 'Champion of the Farmed Environment' awards

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Clockwise from top-left: Patrick Barker, Jonathan Boaz, Phil Latham and Rob Atkin.

On Friday CFE celebrated 10 years of encouraging and supporting farmers in England to incorporate good environmental management into their everyday farming practices and care for the environment on which their businesses rely.

Representatives of the CFE partners from agricultural, environmental and governmental organisations came together at the Calmsden Estate in Gloucestershire to celebrate the successes of CFE since its launch as the ‘Campaign for the Farmed Environment’ in November 2009.

The partnership was relaunched as ‘Championing the Farmed Environment’ in February of this year and the anniversary and awards event celebrated the great work of farmers through the ‘Champion of the Farmed Environment’ awards.

Winners from each of the four core themes of CFE showcased how it is possible and profitable to farm in a way which works for the farm business and the environment.

Winner of the Air category – Phil Latham of Brook House Farm and Kelsall Hill, Cheshire
Winner of the Soil category – Jonathan Boaz of Mill Farm, Worcester
Winner of the Water category – Rob Atkin of Atkin Farms, Uttoxeter
Winner of the Wildlife category – Patrick Barker of Lodge Farm, Suffolk

A special ‘Distinguished Service Award’ was also presented to Jim Egan of Kings, formerly of GWCT, for 10 years of dedicated commitment to delivering CFE messages to the industry.

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Clockwise from top-left: Award winner Jim Egan with Laura Harpham, CFE Project Officer; celebratory lunch at Calmsden, Presentation and dicsussion with Dave Freeman, 2009-2019 CFE celebration cake.

The event was concluded with a presentation and discussion of opportunities and challenges for CFE for the future, led by Dave Freeman of Ricardo. 

With thanks to Mark Tufnell at the Calmsden Estate for kindly hosting this event, and to speakers Jim Egan (Kings), Lee Ward (Kings) and Dave Freeman (Ricardo).

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