Kent fruit growers receive top wildlife conservation trophy

Fruit Posted 16/07/18
Fruit growers who go above and beyond to make their farm as environmentally-friendly as possible have been honoured with a top award.

B R Brooks & Son Ltd, at Langdon Manor Farm near Faversham, Kent, were presented with the CLA Emsden Trophy.

The business, which specialises in growing raspberries and strawberries, was nominated by FWAG South East.

Farm environment adviser Paul Cobb said: “It’s a nice farm, they have a very good and active environmental policy, not just for wildlife but areas like soil management as well.

“They have done a lot, including creating areas for pollinators, they’re working hard to reduce insecticide use, and they actively monitor and manage many species. They do a lot and are very worthy recipients.”

Megan Perkins, packhouse manager at B R Brooks & Son Ltd, said: “We’re proud to receive this award. It’s great to have some recognition and know that we’re making a difference in our own little way. It’s a real team effort.”

The trophy was presented during a farm walk held at Court Farm near Rochester, during which farmer Andrew Lingham told visitors how he is trying to develop a locally-adapted wheat variety to help reduce chemical use.

It was won last year by Peter Lingham & Partners and conservation charity Plantlife, for their combined efforts managing 250ha of arable farmland, ancient woodland and chalk grassland at Ranscombe Farm.

B R Brooks & Son Ltd is now due to host next year’s farm walk and trophy presentation.

The trophy is presented in memory of Brigadier Brian Emsden, who was the Kent and Sussex CLA Regional Secretary in the 1980s who died of cancer in post. He was very keen on wildlife, hence the award in his memory.

CLA South East represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses across Kent and beyond.Regional director Robin Edwards said: “Our congratulations go to B R Brooks & Son Ltd for their fantastic achievement, they are a very deserving winner.

“We’d like to thank Court Farm and Plantlife for hosting the farm walk and tour, which was very well-received by guests, and we’re already looking forward to visiting B R Brooks & Son Ltd next year.”


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